|Just after dawn from the viewpoint over the reeds.|
|Map of Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Long Meadow Lake unit.|
|Great Blue Heron.|
|A Beaver was here!|
|Beaver lodge! (Probably not really visible unless you view full size).|
We still had a bit of time before Bob had to get to work in the afternoon, so next we drove to the Chain of Lakes in western Minneapolis. We checked out Lakes Harriet and Calhoun and Lake of the Isles; there were plenty of American Coots about, the usual Canada Geese and Mallards, and I saw my first Pied-billed Grebes. I had been thinking of visiting these lakes at some point during my trip but wasn't sure if I'd have time, plus I could only have got to them by bus, so it was great to be taken there - Bob was very generous with his time and knowledge, I saw a lot more of Minneapolis than I thought I'd be able to in the time we had there! The areas around the lakes are pretty swanky and it was fun to look at all the fancy houses and neighbourhoods.
|Lake Calhoun with downtown Minnepolis in the distance.|
I didn't do any more birding that day, but in the afternoon I visited the Bell Natural History Museum which was also great. Here are a few of the things I saw there!
|Outside the Bell Museum of Natural History.|
|I folded a Passenger Pigeon. See http://foldtheflock.org/ for more info!|
|The museum is famous for its dioramas of North American wildlife. This was one of my favourites.....the Ground Squirrel has escaped the Golden Eagle's clutches!|
|My favourite fact that I learnt at the museum is at the end of the second paragraph.|