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Bluff Country Bird Festival


Fri, Apr 26th, 2002
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"I think of Fillmore County as my true home," says John Hockema, one of Minnesota's most skilled birdwatchers. John and I are visiting over lunch at the Harmony House. We have just come from a planning meeting for the third Bluff Country Bird Festival, which will take place in the Spring Valley area May 17-19. John will be one of the field trip leaders, as will I.

John has seen and identified 225 species of birds in Fillmore County, more than anyone else in the last decade. Only three people surpass his 313 species seen in Minnesota in 2001. But, birding for him is not just about listing. It's about habitat, songs and calls, behavior and conservation. It's about teaching, socializing with other birders and solitude.

John spent his boyhood summers with his grandparents, Marjorie and Henry Hockema, on their farm in Sumner Township, north of Spring Valley. He went to school in Hastings where his father lives. In 1984, at age 13, he met his mentor, Dr. Alden Risser of Stewartville, at the Sumner Center United Methodist Church, which they both attended. At that time, Dr. Risser had been studying birds for over 50 years and John had been keeping a nature notebook for several years.

John, his younger brother Chris and Dr. Risser took their first bird walk together on October 10, 1984, in Forestville State Park. After that, for over a decade, they birded together almost every Saturday during the summer and vacations from school. They also took some long distance trips. On one trip, to the Porcupine Mountains in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, John, Chris and their friends Eric and Josh got lost. They found their way by climbing a tree to look for landmarks. When they returned to their cabin, Dr. Risser was calmly reading a book; he assured them he had faith that they would return. John, however, hadn't been so confident. When he reached the cabin, he fell down and kissed the cabin floor.

John and I met in 1987 at a Lanesboro area Christmas Bird Count. We quickly became good friends and birding buddies. Over the years, we have had some good outings together. Our most memorable one took place in the spring of 1989 along Shattuck Creek near Highland with Dr. Risser and other Fillmore County birders. That day we found a Lawrence's warbler, the rare hybrid of a golden-winged and blue-winged warbler. John tells me that this bird is still his favorite sighting in Fillmore County.

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