Today’s Events

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MRVAC Programs

October 22: A Day at Today’s Office with Birdchick by Sharon Stiteler, The Birdchick

November 19: Holiday Auction & Fundraiser

No meeting in December. See you in January, 2016!

Chip Notes: November-December, 2015

By Greg Burnes, MRVAC President

Auction and Bake Sale: Thursday, November 19

What’s better then meeting up with your friends, not fighting the masses, enjoying some treats, being entertained and getting your holiday shopping done all at one time? That’s what you can experience if you come to the MRVAC Auction and Bake Sale on November 19th. This is one of MRVAC’s most important fund raising events and a great place to have an enjoyable evening. Please join us! Bring a friend!

Trumpeter Is Available Online

As a board we are continually looking for ways to maximize the impact of the dollars and time you donate to MRVAC. Our largest dollar expenditure (over $3,500 annually) goes to printing and distributing paper copies of the Trumpeter. Also, the environmental impact of printing and distributing almost 50,000 pages of paper each year does not fit with our conservation mission. To address these issues the board has set a 2016 goal to lower the expenditure and environmental footprint of the publishing the paper Trumpeter by 50%..

You can help!! We are asking everyone that receives a paper copy of the Trumpeter and has access to the internet to email me ( with your name and mailing address. Starting in 2016 you will receive an email announcement and a link when the new Trumpeter is ready. And, remember the current issue of the Trumpeter is always available at our website – The dollars saved will allow us to send additional students to camp, support important research, and/or purchase binoculars for a youth program as well as keep a lot of paper out of our landfills. Thanks for your action on this today.


Giving Opportunities 

This holiday season, consider supporting MRVAC and our mission: To provide leadership in promoting environmental awareness, education, and advocacy action especially relating to the wildlife and habitats of the Minnesota River Valley. We donate the majority of the money we raise to environmental education projects, primarily for children. Most gifts are 100% tax deductible.

116th Christmas Bird Count: December 19 & 20

For over a century, Audubon members have gathered in December to count the birds. It’s a fun way to spend an afternoon. Plus, on Saturday, December 19, MRVAC will be hosting a Potluck Soup Supper for counters and anyone else who wants to join the fun!. Learn more here.

MRVAC Grant Requests

We’ll be reviewing grant requests in early 2016. If you know of an organization that fits the mission of MRVAC, read more here.

Birdathon 2015 Recap

This year’s Birdathon was a great success. We were able to raise nearly $2,800 compared to less than $2,000 last year. Read more.

NEW Audubon Bird Guide App

Audubon has released an updated version of the Audubon Bird Guide app and it’s now FREE to bird lovers nationwide. Learn more.

Join the Environmental Action Committee

Help MRVAC make a difference for birds and wildlife – and the special places we like to visit. Learn more.

Treats needed for upcoming meetings

We always need treats! If you can bring a few dozen cookies, bars or some easy- to-eat snack to share at one of our meetings, please call Robin, the Social Chair, at 612-723-2633 or email to