Today’s Events

No events today, but take a look below to see what's coming up.

MRVAC Programs

September 24: If You Were a Marbled Godwit, Where Would You Be? by Bridget Olson, Deputy Refuge Manager, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

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

  • ~ October 12, 2015. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Bird Watching Trek at Bass Ponds Trailhead, Long Meadow Lake
  • ~ October 13, 2015. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Bird Watching Trek at Rapids Lake
  • ~ October 17, 2015. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Bird Watching Trek at Rapids Lake
  • ~ October 22, 2015. 7:00 pm. MRVAC Program: A Day at Today’s Office with Birdchick
  • ~ October 23, 2015. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Goodhue County Birding Day
  • ~ October 24, 2015. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Bird Watching Trek at Bass Ponds Trailhead, Long Meadow Lake
  • ~ November 19, 2015. 6:00 pm. MRVAC Program: MRVAC Auction & Bake Sale: November 19

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.

[Also see Greg’s report on the 2015 National Audubon Convention]

As always, you can contact me at 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