What we do

MRVAC promotes environmental awareness, education and advocacy action, especially relating to the wildlife and habitats of the Minnesota River Valley.

Support MRVAC and our mission

By donating to the Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter, you help provide essential funding for our educational and restoration projects.

Upcoming Events

MRVAC Programs

When: Please join us from 7:00-7:30 pm to socialize over cookies. A brief business meeting and the featured speaker begin at 7:30 pm. The meeting will conclude before 9:00 pm.

Where: Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center: 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington.

October 26: The Greater Prairie Chicken

Presented by Greg Hoch, Minnesota DNR For ten months of the year, the Greater Prairie Chicken’s drab colors allow it to disappear into the landscape. However, in April and May this grouse is one of the most outrageously flamboyant birds in North America. Competing with each other for the attention of females, males gather before … Read more

September 28: Spark Birds + 50th Anniversary

Presented by Al Batt – Author, Humorist & Birder If you have heard Al before, you know you are going to be in for a treat. If you haven’t heard Al speak, plan to be here. What in the world is a spark bird? What is your spark bird? Why is it your spark bird? Can … Read more

MRVAC Meetings Resume in September

The next general MRVAC meeting with a speaker will be on September 28, 2017. In the meantime, if you need a project, think about local habitat improvements. Could you add some native plants and trees somewhere (or somewhere else) in your yard? Perhaps volunteer with your city, the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge or Great … Read more

MRVAC News

Mmmmm . . . Treats!

By Anne Hanley

Treats Needed for Upcoming Meetings  If you can bring a few dozen cookies, bars or some easy-to-eat snack to share at the October or subsequent meetings, please call Robin, the Social Chair, at 612-723- 2632 or email to robinkutz13@gmail.com.

Bird Surveys in Renville County

By Bob Janssen

Lessons in Monoculture Birding By Bob Janssen, MRVAC Board of Directors  Here’s my story of how I came to do bird surveys in one of the most intensely agricultural counties, Renville. If you check a map, you will see that the northern boundary is roughly Highway 7. The Minnesota River forms the diagonal boundary. At … Read more

Treasurer’s Report: 2016-2017

By Bob Williams

By Bob Williams, MRVAC Treasurer  Our last fiscal year, June 1, 2016-May 31, 2017, was another successful one. We exceeded our income budget for our 3 most important categories of income i.e. Birdathon, Holiday Auction, General Contributions. This meant that we did not have to dip into our reserves to meet our budget. On the … Read more

2017 Holiday Auction: November 16

By Anne Hanley

Please think about what donations you could collect for the fundraising auction Thursday November 16. We could especially use a few larger items like a boat trip, use of a cabin, a homemade dinner or a behind the scenes tour. Please email the committee with your ideas or let us know in advance, ideally by … Read more

Wild Ones Native Plant Tour: August 13

By Anne Hanley

Join the tour of five Minnesota River Valley yards with native landscaping; get some ideas for your own yard and see how various plants look ‘in person’. An Aug 13 tour of native plant gardens in the Bloomington/Burnsville area includes gardens belonging to MRVAC members Becky Lystig, Liz Stanley, and Pat Stevesand. A 4th garden is a … Read more

Salt Lake Weekend Birding Recap

By Anne Hanley

By Ken Larson – – PrairieMarshFarm@Comcast.net  On April 29 over 100 birders from around the state searched the lakes, wetlands, woods and prairies of Lac Qui Parle, Big Stone and Yellow Medicine counties, finding 147 species of birds. Cold wet weather 2 days before and the later date for the weekend resulted in a good … Read more

Bluebird Monitors Needed

By Anne Hanley

Volunteers wanted to monitor 2 existing bluebird trails: Bloomington = 4 boxes at 102nd St E & Park Ave. Forest Lake = 6 boxes at Tanners Brook Golf Course; (plans are to expand to 10 later). Contact Jack Hauser at jgshauser@gmail.com or  call 952-831-8132.

Citizen Science Opportunity: Phenology & Changing Seasonal Patterns

By Anne Hanley

The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge has recently mapped out a series of observation points to collect data on the effects of seasonal change for several plant and animal species. These observation points are connected in a series of three “phenology trails” along the refuge. These observations provide important information to scientists in the National … Read more

Do You Remember When Turkeys Were Rare?

By Don Arnosti

Do you remember when it was rare to see a turkey in Minnesota? I do. When I started my conservation career about 30 years ago, they were few and far between. Now, they’ve become a big nuisance. “Turkey” is my theme for this year’s legislative session. Never in my 30 years’ experience have the results … Read more