The Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society offers local birding hikes in two locations, weather permitting.

Hikes are open to adults and families and will be led by experienced leaders and species tally assistants. The locations are the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd at 8 a.m. Saturdays, May 8, 22 and 29, and at St. Mathias Park and Heritage Trail in Brainerd at 8 a.m. Tuesdays, May 4, 11, 18 and 25.

Each Northland Arboretum walk is about an hour in duration with routes generally including the Whiskey Creek and Monet Pond wetlands, surrounding wetlands and the open prairie area popular with eastern bluebirds and tree swallows.

Hikes are free to arboretum members and $5 for nonmembers.

The St. Mathias walks are approximately a mile long on a crushed rock trail winding through woodlands, prairie and an overlook on the Nokasippi River.

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In 2018, members of the Brainerd Lakes Area Minnesota Master Naturalist Chapter created a Points-of-Interest Map, which adds to the discovery of walking the Heritage Trail.

Ron and LeAnn Plinske, BLAAS members, will be guides to St. Mathias Park. Admission to the trail is free.