Gateway Brown's Creek
Trail Association
 Your Active Voice In The Trail's Development

 
 

 

Events   -

EVENTS IN aPRIL - mAY 2020 MAY BE CANCELLED /POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CONSIDERATIONS . UPDATES WILL BE POSTED HERE AT THE EVENT IN QUESTION AT LEAST 2 WEEKS PRIOR TO ANY EVENT. (3-17-2020)



Upcoming events

    • 04/25/2020
    • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
    • 9700 Lansing Avenue N, Stillwater MN
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    Saturday April 25, 2020—7-8 a.m.

    Lansing Ave. Farm Pond Shorebird & Waterfowl Watch
    ¼ Mile South of Gateway Trail/Lansing Ave. Crossing


    When the pond holds water (as it did most of last year and likely will this spring), it's a reliable place to see shorebirds, gulls, cranes and waterfowl. Bring binoculars (and a scope if you have one) to view whatever birds are present at the pond.  If the pond is dry, we’ll walk a portion of the nearby Gateway Trail.

    Please park along Lansing Ave. north of the pond.

    Drizzle or light rain is OK, but the walks and sit will be cancelled if it’s very windy or significant precipitation is likely.

    Led by George Varnia.

    Registration is optional . If you register then we can send email updates in case of cancellation.


    • 04/30/2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Oakdale Discovery Center 4444 Hadley Ave N, Oakdale, MN 55128

    Join us for the Annual Gateway Browns Creek Trail Association meeting and Spring Expo at the Oakdale Discovery Center at 4444 Hadley Ave N in Oakdale on Thursday, April 30th. ON HOLD due to Covid 19 (location?? and meeting??) (3-19-2020)

    We will have snacks, water, coffee, and informational "topic" booths so you can gather information, ask questions, and get updates on all the various activities (volunteering, trail extension, bird watching hikes. projects, etc.) as part of the GBCTA. This will be followed by a presentation about GBCTA, summer events, the trail extension, and a chance to ask your questions.

    We hope you can join us!


    • 05/02/2020
    • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
    • Browns Creek Nature reserve , 8392 Neal Ave N Stillwater
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    Saturday May 2, 2020—7-8 a.m.
    Brown’s Creek Trail Bird Walk
    Browns Creek Nature Reserve


    We will leave the Nature Reserve parking area (Neal Avenue crossing) at 7 a.m. and return to the starting point at 8 a.m.  We will identify as many species as we can by sight and sound during the hour.  Bring binoculars if you have them.

    Drizzle or light rain is Ok, but the walks and sit will be cancelled if it's very windy or significant precipitation is likely.

    Registration is optional . If you register then we can send email updates in case of cancellation.

    Led by Bob Bystrom
    • 05/02/2020
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • St. Andrews Lutheran Church, Great hall parking lot , Mahtomedi

    A group lead by Dennis Lindeke (current GBCTA President) maintains a network of 16 bluebird houses by bike along the Gateway Trail . They have had particular success over the years and  have hatched  280 birds over the last 6 years. In most seasons 2 hatchings are common for each house . All are welcome to join the bluebird house group .

     The Holy Rollers group meets on Saturdays at 9:00 am, and Thursdays at 6:30 pm, at  St. Andrews Lutheran Church, in the Great Hall parking lot.    The first ride is on Saturday, May 2nd.  We typically check the bluebird houses every Saturday morning. A ride is about 15 miles total, to Pine Point Park and back. 

    For further information contact   Dennis at  651-426-9415. 

    • 05/03/2020
    • 5:30 AM - 6:30 AM
    • 9533 Keswick Ave N Grant, MN 55082
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    We will meet at the Buell’s (9533 Keswick Ave N, Grant MN 55082) to hear the “dawn chorus” and sharpen our bird sound identification skills.  The site, which encompasses wetlands, woodlands, fields, yard and gardens, hosts diverse species that will please and challenge our ears.  The meeting time coincides with the morning bird sound peak—½ hour before until ½ hour after sunrise.

    Please drive down the long driveway. There is plenty of parking near the house and on a circle drive in front of the barn

    Backup: May 17—5:10-6:10 a.m. if May 3 listening conditions are unfavorable. Drizzle or light rain is OK, but the walks and sit will be cancelled if it’s very windy or significant precipitation is likely. Registration is optional . If you register then we can send email updates in case of cancellation.

    Impetus for this event surfaced at the 2019 Birding by Ear discussions that George Vania and Bob Bystrom, but anyone is welcome to attend.
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    An annual International Dawn Chorus Day is held on the first Sunday in May where the public is encouraged to rise early to listen to bird song at times and places scheduled for that purpose. The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country sponsored the first such event in 1984 at Moseley Bog in Birmingham, England.  Dawn Chorus Day is now a minor holiday in Britain and some European countries, but it isn’t celebrated much in the USA.

    In addition to their recreational value, such group and individual listening activities are of scientific and ecological interest.

    Go here to learn about soundscape ecology:
    https://news.wisc.edu/aldo-leopolds-field-notes-score-a-lost-soundscape/
    https://www.ecology.com/2012/08/24/soundscape-ecology/

    • 05/09/2020
    • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
    • Gateway -Hwy 96, 10384-10374 MN-96, Stillwater, MN 55082
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    Saturday May 9, 2020—7-8 a.m. Gateway Trail Bird Walk
    Gateway Trail/Hwy 96 Crossing

    We will leave the parking lot at 7a.m. and return to the starting point at 8 a.m.  We will identify as many species as we can by sight and sound during the hour. Bring binoculars if you have them. This walk usually offers the best opportunity to see migrant warblers.

    Drizzle or light rain is OK, but the walks and sit will be cancelled if it’s very windy or significant precipitation is likely.

    Registration is optional . If you register then we can send email updates in case of cancellation.


    • 05/15/2020
    • 12:00 PM
    • 05/16/2020
    • 6:00 PM
    • downtown Stillwater


    The highly anticipated re-opening of the historic Stillwater Lift Bridge and the completion of the Loop Trail will kick off with a two-day Grand Opening celebration on May 15 and 16, 2020, on the St. Croix Riverfront, Lowell Park.  Spaghetti dinners, live music , beer garden, pancake breakfast, ribbon cutting, world record human chain attempt and more are planned..POSTPONED due to Covid 19 concerns ... AUG/SEPT 2020 ??

    Read all about it here at St Croix 360 

    For more information contact the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, (651) 439-4001

     

    • 05/16/2020
    • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
    • Gateway Trail and Cty 61 intersection, 11505 County Rd 61, Stillwater
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    Saturday May 16, 2020—7-8 a.m.
    Gateway Trail Little Sit Bird Watch  at Gateway Trail at Myeron Rd. N.  (61)


    Adjacent wetlands make this one of the best places to view migrant and resident birds along the trail.  We will sit or stand here from 7 to 8 a.m. (no walking) and identify as many species as we can by sight and sound during the hour. Bring binoculars if you have them and a chair (optional). Watchers with limited mobility are welcome!  Parking is permitted at the nearby Washington County Public Works complex.

    The Little Sit is an abbreviated version of the 24-hour Big Sit bird watching events held at many places around the country.

    Drizzle or light rain is OK, but the walks and sit will be cancelled if it’s very windy or significant precipitation is likely.

    Registration is optional . If you register then we can send email updates in case of cancellation.


    Led by Bob Bystrom




    • 05/23/2020
    • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
    • Browns Creek Nature reserve , 8392 Neal Ave N Stillwater
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    Saturday May 23, 2020—7-8 a.m.
    Brown’s Creek Trail Bird Walk, Browns Creek Nature Reserve

    PLUS STILLWATER MIGRATORY BIRD DAY FESTIVAL
    , 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Washington Square Park, Corner of Greely and Churchill St., Stillwater, MN 55082,

    A DOUBLE FEATURE!
    We will leave the Brown's Creek Nature Reserve parking area (Neal Avenue crossing) at 7 a.m. and return to the starting point at 8 a.m.  We will identify as many species as we can by sight and sound during the hour.  Bring binoculars if you have them. Drizzle or light rain is OK, but the walks and sit will be cancelled if it’s very windy or significant precipitation is likely. Registration is optional . If you register then we can send email updates in case of cancellation.

    Then at 10:00 am (after coffee shop visit?) move on to the Stillwater Migratory Brid Day Festival at Washington Square park in Stillwater . More details at: https://www.sustainablestillwatermn.org/event-info/migratory-bird-day-festival-1


Past events

03/16/2020 CANCELLED Gateway To Scandia Day at the Capitol CANCELLED
03/14/2020 Trail Bench building session Sat March 14 2020
02/01/2020 Annual Gasthaus Cross Country Ski Snowshoe Walk and Lunch Event
01/25/2020 Learning to Snowshoe on the Gateway Trail
01/24/2020 Candlelight Trail Walk on the Gateway Trail in Grant
11/22/2019 RIBBON CUTTING for HADLEY TUNNEL and hwy 36 Interchange
10/18/2019 Brown's Creek Trail Candelight Walk
10/05/2019 SCANDIA ROCKS and ROLLS Fall edition (Bike tour with geological focus)(am or pm option)
09/21/2019 Tour de Hugo Bike Tour 6,20,35,50, 62.2 (100k) miles
09/14/2019 Brown's Creek Watershed District Community Celebration
08/16/2019 Ragnar Running Relays
08/01/2019 DNR Morning trail ride Brown's Creek Trail
07/13/2019 GATEWAY TRAIL NATURE SCAVENGER HUNT- cancelled
06/25/2019 DNR Evening walk in Brown's Creek Gorge
06/25/2019 North St Paul bike clinic with Gateway Cycle
06/13/2019 DNR Morning Trail walk
06/01/2019 National Trails day- Rotary Park North St Paul
05/25/2019 Stillwater Half Marathon along Gateway Trail
05/18/2019 Gateway Trail Little Sit Bird Watch
05/11/2019 DNR Birds, Buds and Blooms
05/11/2019 DNR Women's Birds, Buds and Blooms
05/11/2019 Gateway Trail Bird Walk
05/04/2019 Brown’s Creek Trail Bird Walk
04/27/2019 Lansing Ave. Farm Pond Shorebird & Waterfowl Watch
04/18/2019 Annual General Meeting Gateway Brown's Creek Trail Association
04/13/2019 DNR Bird Watching walk -Brown's Creek
03/23/2019 Trail Bench building session March 23 2019
02/23/2019 Snowshoeing on the Gateway Trail (all levels)
02/02/2019 Annual Gasthaus Cross Country Ski Snowshoe Event
01/25/2019 Candlelight trail walk CANCELLED on the Gateway Trail in Grant
11/03/2018 Trail Bench building session Nov 2018
10/14/2018 Gateway Fall Color Walk
10/12/2018 Candlelight walk on Brown's Creek Trail
09/29/2018 Brown's Creek Watershed District Community Celebration
09/29/2018 Maplewood Community Center Fun Run 3k and 5k on the Gateway
09/23/2018 Women's Autumn Color Walk- Brown's Creek State Trail
09/23/2018 Beginning Fly Fishing- Learning to Cast
09/08/2018 National Trails day-Hadley
08/11/2018 Women's Interpretive Bike Ride
07/05/2018 Interpretive Bike Ride
06/25/2018 Gateway Brown's Creek Volunteer recognition picnic
06/19/2018 Fitness and Phenology Walk
06/02/2018 National Trails day- CANCELLED
05/19/2018 Gateway Trail Little Sit Bird Watch
05/12/2018 Explore Brown's Creek
05/12/2018 Women's Wildflower Walk
05/12/2018 Gateway Trail Bird Walk
05/09/2018 DNR Bird Walk - Brown's Creek Trail
05/07/2018 Wildflower Walk
05/05/2018 Brown's Creek Trail Bird Walk
04/28/2018 Lansing Ave. Farm Pond Shorebird & Waterfowl Watch
04/26/2018 Calling All Frogs! - Gateway Trail
04/20/2018 DNR Bird Walk - Brown's Creek Trail
04/19/2018 GBCTA Annual Meeting-Note Location Change
04/13/2018 DNR Bird Walk - Gateway Trail
02/03/2018 Annual Gasthaus Cross Country Ski Event
01/26/2018 Gateway Candlelight Walk
10/28/2017 Candlelight Hike on the Brown's Creek Trail
05/06/2017 Bird Walks on the Gateway With Bob Bystrom - Brown’s Creek Trail Bird Walk
04/29/2017 Lansing Ave. Farm Pond Shorebird & Waterfowl Watch
02/11/2017 DNR Candlelight Walk
01/14/2017 Snowshoeing on Brown's Creek State Trail
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