MN Ornithologists’ Union Young Birders’ Committee

I’m pleased to have been asked to serve on the MOU Young Birders’ Committee! We’re generously defining “young” as 18-40, but not without precedent (Erikson 1963). Our overarching goal is to improve participation of those of us in this age group in conservation-related organizations, which in our specific case is MOU. Conveniently, my friend who chairs this committee did his thesis on the topic! He studied how young birder participation in clubs differs from that of previous generations, and I resonate with his core findings. With this growing demographic in birding, it will be important to address the needs of young birders within organizations in order to fully engage the community of interest.

Planning Birding Victoria This Fall!


  • black oystercatcher
  • black turnstone
  • surfbird
  • wandering tattler
  • rock sandpiper

Clover Point: Heermann’s gull

If we want to find a skylark…

  • island view nursery
  • spots along Hwy 17: central Saanich bulb fields
  • Victoria international airport

Rocky Point Bird Observatory

  • black-throated gray warbler
  • black-headed grosbeak
  • Cassin’s vireo
  • Hammond’s flycatcher
  • Steller’s jay
  • Hutton’s vireo
  • Pacific-slope flycatcher

Race Rocks

  • surfbird
  • black turnstone
  • glaucous-winged gull
  • black oystercatcher
  • pigeon guillemot
  • tattler
  • western gull
  • mew gull
  • Heermann’s gull
  • black-legged kittiwake
  • common murre
  • ancient murrelet
  • marbled murrelet
  • rhinoceros auklet
  • rock sandpiper
  • northwestern crow
  • Pacific wren
  • Brandt’s cormorant
  • pelagic cormorant
  • Pacific loon
  • Laysan albatross
  • sooty shearwater

Other birds of Victoria…

  • California quail
  • sooty grouse
  • pink-footed shearwater
  • short-tailed shearwater
  • fork-tailed storm-petrel
  • Pacific golden-plover
  • long-billed curlew
  • bar-tailed godwit
  • little stint
  • pomarine jaeger
  • Cassin’s auklet
  • crested auklet
  • tufted puffin
  • elegant tern
  • northern pygmy-owl
  • black swift
  • Vaux’s swift
  • red-breasted sapsucker
  • chestnut-backed chickadee
  • bushtit
  • western bluebird
  • eastern yellow wagtail
  • red-throated pipit
  • black-throated sparrow
  • hooded oriole

Brule Glacial Spillway State Natural Area

Today, my naturalist boyfriend suggested we check out Stone Chimney Rd. It was amazing for butterflies! There were too many to focus on, and several lifers for me. So, the linked list is only those I could get close enough to identify. There’s no room for e.g. entering a record to genus.

To add onto that report, we saw at least 5 duskywings; if I were to guess, I’d say they were dreamy. It’s “peak week” for them, and they seem to have a more northerly distribution than sleepy duskywing. Mike notes that they can become locally abundant in the far north of WI, which is where we were. They were feeding on fringed polygala, like several of the other species we saw.

We also saw an unidentified white and a sulphur, as well as several fast-flying blues. There were even a few fritillaries I wasn’t able to ID.