BIRDING on the GATEWAY BROWN'S CREEK TRAILS
As the trail passes through the countryside of Washington County it passes through woods, open fields, and areas of lakes and wetlands with active bird life especially in the spring. With the Mississipi River flyway (see Wikipedia article) close to us migratory birds on their thousands of miles journeys can also be seen as they pass through.
GBCTA promotes several bird watching guided tours in April-May (7 for 2020!) and Sept - October . These are listed on our events page and have local and DNR experts acting as guides. They are typically free and a pair of binoculars are helpful but not required. There is an ongoing list of documented sightings along the trail during the GBCTA group walks. The total is 108 species as of March 2020 -the list is here
A group lead by Dennis Lindeke (current GBCTA President) maintains a network of 16 bluebird houses by bike along the Gateway Trail . They have had particular success over the years and have hatched 280 birds over the last 6 years. In most seasons 2 hatchings are common for each house . All are welcome to join the bluebird house group . The Holy Rollers group meets on Saturdays at 9:00 am, and Thursdays at 6:30 pm, at St. Andrews Lutheran Church, Mahtomedi in the Great Hall parking lot. The first ride is on Saturday, May 2nd. We typically check the bluebird houses every Saturday morning. A ride is about 15 miles total, to Pine Point Park and back. For further information contact Dennis at 651-426-9415.
Make sure to check the events page for more birdwalk opportunities