Chip Notes: September-October, 2015
By Greg Burnes, MRVAC President
Each of us allows the natural world to fulfill an important part of our lives. Personally, I treasure my morning walks along 9-Mile Creek. During the summer months there is a specific spot where I usually can hear a Wood Thrush singing, I occasionally catch a glimpse of a Northern Goshawk and this summer we’ve been treated to the Tufted Titmouse family. During the winter our resident Belted Kingfisher chatters along the creek, the Blue Heron silently standing in the water is always a surprise and the Northern Cardinal framed by a new snowfall is breathtaking. I hiked this area when I was in grade school and the ever changing, yet very familiar sights and sounds still provide a firm perspective to engage life’s joys and challenges. I hope that my two grandsons can enjoy this walk, or one like it, for their entire life.
Unfortunately, with each passing year this world that we all treasure is slowly disappearing. Climate change, creeping suburbia, and the paving of these areas are slowly taking away our abilities to find and experience nature in a way that matters.
I joined MRVAC and Audubon with the hope of making a difference, to help preserve these spaces and experiences. I’m learning that, though one person can make a difference, we are stronger together. This year we will be focused on guiding conversations around the future of the Minnesota River Valley and we will need your voice and resources. Please engage by attending refuge meetings, reading the Trumpeter, volunteering to assist MRVAC or other organizations that have a positive influence on these outdoor spaces and those who use them, contacting your representatives, and making your voice heard.
As always, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any comments, questions, or concerns.
Push to Re-establish Citizen Commission in Bloomington
There is an effort to establish a citizen commission in Bloomington that would focus on city policy for water, land use (including conservation, habitat & wildlife), energy, transportation, and solid waste. Learn more here.
Cedar Avenue Bridge Project Updates
One of the most popular birding sites in the area is getting a major upgrade! Learn more about the project.
Mobile Birding App Summary
Greg Burnes was at the National Audubon Convention earlier this year, and learned all about birding apps. Read more.
Auction & Bake Sale November 19
One of the best events of the year is coming in November! Our annual auction and bake sale raises money for educational opportunities for kids. Please think about what donations you could collect for the fundraising auction on Thursday, November 19.
New Social Chair Meet Robin Kutz!
MRVAC Membership Report
The Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter has 1,324 National Audubon members and 72 local members.
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 email@example.com.