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.

Holiday Auction! Thursday, November 16

Get some of your holiday shopping done, have fun and raise money to support a variety of environmental education projects. Come and bid often, bid high and have fun doing it for our environmental education program! If you can donate auction items or provide refreshments, thank you!! Where: Our annual fundraising auction will be held at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife … Read more

Give to the Max Day: November 16, 2017

‘Tis the season of giving, and as you plan your charitable donations for 2017, please consider donating to MRVAC. We’ve partnered with GiveMN.org to help make donations quick and easy: https://givemn.org/organization/Minnesota-River-Valley-Audubon-Chapter. One of MRVAC’s main objectives is to teach children about the importance of getting outdoors, experiencing nature, and caring for wildlife and the environment. To … Read more

2017 Christmas Bird Count & Soup Supper: December 16-17

You are invited to join us for the 118th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC). All levels of experience are welcome. Young birders with good eyes and ears are especially appreciated as an addition to a team of more experienced birders with good ID skills. Come help us count the birds! Three counts are associated with MRVAC: Bloomington CBC  – Saturday … Read more



By Tracy Albinson

“East Side Takes Flight! The Minnesota Flyway as a Whole Family Experience” MRVAC donated $3000, in addition to some support from MOU, for this project. The East Side Neighborhood Services (ESNS) project journey began in mid-September with a family overnight field trip to the annual Hawk Ridge Festival in Duluth, Minnesota. Families of the Glendale Townhomes traveled to Hawk Ridge and … Read more

Chip Notes: November-December, 2017

By Matthew Schaut

My son and I took an epic road trip this August through Canada using Parks Canada’s national park pass. The day we arrived in the Yukon Territory the temperature was 94 degrees Fahrenheit. In the Northwest Territories, I swam in the Great Slave Lake. It was warmer than Lake Superior. The Native Dine people speak about the ominous heat of the … Read more

We Need Good People! Volunteer Opportunities

By Anne Hanley

MRVAC can always use volunteers for both short term projects and longer term commitments. Treasurer  Bob Williams will retire as Treasurer in May 2018. He is willing to coach the new Treasurer through the first year. Duties include checking the PO Box, depositing checks, paying bills and reporting on account balance, income and expenses and keeping current with state and federal … Read more

MRVAC 50th Anniversary Celebration Report

By Anne Hanley

The 50th  Anniversary celebration on September 28 was a wonderful evening. It included delicious snacks including Italian bruschetta trays, fruit plates and caprese skewers from Kowalski’s, organized by Betsy Magee and Robin Kutz. In addition to the savory snacks, there was a magnificent cake – marble with white frosting and a teal MRVAC logo in the center. As people checked in, … Read more

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