A rotating schedule of bird hikes throughout Washington County Parks will continue with a hike from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 13, at Big Marine Park Reserve.

Hikers should park in the playground parking lot and meet in the same lot.

Hikers will learn to identify the birds that call the St. Croix Valley home and contribute to citizen science data collection by completing bird count surveys with the guide. The surveys collected will assist the county’s Natural Resources team and related work in conjunction with the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Fund grant.

The hike will traverse turf, gravel, and paved trail depending on trail conditions. Participants should bring binoculars and dress for hiking and the weather. This program is free with a park vehicle permit, which is $7 daily or $30 annually, and is open to people of all ages and abilities. ADA accommodations can be made as needed. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.

For Washington County park locations, see co.washington.mn.us/parks. Under park locations, find a county map with park contact information; search “guided bird hikes” on the county website for more information. For questions, call 651-430-8370 or email at parks@co.washington.mn.us.

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