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A staff that lasts

We ♥️ Our Employees!

This year, All Seasons Wild Bird Store celebrated 30 years in business, serving the local community of backyard birding enthusiasts. We attribute much of our success to our friendly, knowledgeable and loyal employees. So loyal, in fact, that the great majority of our employees have been with us for over 5 years. Why do our employees stay on with us…


Trumpeter Swan or Tundra Swan?

They swim gracefully (or feed ungracefully) in the water. They fly gracefully, in small to large V-formations. They honk or whistle. They are definitely swans, with their long necks and stout bodies. But of the two types of swans seen locally, either Trumpeter Swan or Tundra Swan, which is which? If each type of swan is side-by-side, distinguishing them is…

Minnesota's Swallows

Minnesota’s Swallows

Swallows are found around the world, on all continents, including Antarctica. Here in Minnesota, you commonly find three species of swallows: Barn Swallow, Tree Swallow, and Cliff Swallow. Barn Swallows are sparrow-sized, with a steely blue back, wings and tail, and tan-to-white underparts. Their throat and forehead feature rusty spots. Their tail extends beyond the wingtips and the long outer…

Discovering Birds at Age 11

Discovering Birds at Age 11

A Trip to Madera Canyon Ignites Interest Forced into distance learning due to COVID-19, Athina Toeniskoetter’s family chose to spend the winter in Arizona near her grandparents. When a bird enthusiast and family friend came to visit, Athina reluctantly agreed to tag along on a day trip to Madera Canyon. The canyon’s visitor center had dozens of bird feeders that…

Bald Eagle or Golden Eagle? A guide to telling them apart.

Video: Bald Eagle or Golden Eagle?

Young Bald Eagles are a similar size and coloring to Golden Eagles. A close look at where their mottling patterns occur, whether their legs are feathered or unfeathered, bill size, seasonality and location can help narrow down the identification. Range maps from Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s All About Birds: National Eagle Center’s Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle field…

Easy Bird Identification using the GISS method by Bob Janssen

Easy Bird Identification

Did you ever think about the fact that more birds are heard than seen? This article, then, should be about the identification of bird song, right? But the art of learning bird song is one of the most challenging for birders of all skill and experience levels, so we’ll keep that for another article. In this discussion we’ll focus on…