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Don't miss bird fest Thursday-Sunday

A just-hatched robin begs for food as one sibling lies in the nest and one remains in the egg. (Brian Basham/DL Newspapers)1 / 2
A mother robin checks on her young before sitting down on her nest, built between a screen and a windowpane on an outbuilding east of Frazee. (Brian Basham/DL Newspapers)2 / 2

The Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce is holding the 12th Annual Festival of Birds Thursday through Sunday.

The headquarters for the bird festival is at the Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Detroit Lakes.

It kicks off on Thursday with a "Beginning Birding in the Field," "Shorebirds Revealed" and "GPS in the Field" workshops at Maplelag Resort from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. There is also an evening program called "Critical Breeding Bird Monitoring in Minnesota" from 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

A dinner and program follow the workshops.

Field trips to various birding sites start on Friday morning. Bus coaches with restrooms will transport attendees to the various sites.

There will be additional fieldtrips on Saturday and Sunday.

The highlight of the workshops is on Saturday with two workshops and a keynote presentation at M State.

"Document Your Sightings" is from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and "Monarch Butterfly Migrations" takes place from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Noted English birding author Richard Crossley will give the keynote address Saturday night at dinner, which is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

More information about the Festival of Birds is available by visiting the Chamber of Commerce's Web site at The info is listed under the Things to Do category in the events section.