Mounds Park walk and talk: “A Bird’s Eye View of History”


St. Paul’s Mounds Park is already rich in both beauty and history, yet the locale flourishes in the fall with the change of colors and start of migration season. Friends of the Mississippi River invite the public to take a look from a higher vantage point during “A Bird’s Eye View of History,” a walk and talk around the park on October 10. 

Two tours are offered, one held in the morning from 10am-12pm, and another in the afternoon from 1-3pm. The walks are led by National Park Service historian John Anfinson and towboat pilot Hokan Miller.

Anfinson will discuss historical and geographical elements of the park, including the bluffs, mounds, river valley, the people and city. Miller will talk about transit, including “river navigation practice, infrastructure and politics, a little about rail and air transportation.”

He will also discuss seasonal changes. “By October 10, we should be well into soybean harvest and staging for the corn harvest, ” said Miller. “The season will be turning. Depending on the weather there should be some bird watching of migrating raptors, shore birds or waterfowl from a distance.”

The walk is free, but limited spots are available. People interested in going on the walk are asked to register for the event. Directions to the walk’s starting point will be given upon doing so. To register, contact Susan Rich,

Crystal Erickson ( is a freelance writer and photographer, with preoccupations in hip-hop, art, and bicycle anarchy.

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