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.

MRVAC News

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

MRVAC Meetings Resume in September

By Greg Burnes

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

Support a Great Native Plant Resource

By Anne Hanley

The website https://www.minnesotawildflowers.info/ is a great resource for learning about Minnesota native plants; you can find flowers by bloom date or color, for example, and lots of great photos. From the website: Our mission is to educate Minnesotans on our native plants, raise awareness on threats like invasive species, and inspire people to explore our … Read more

Volunteer to Lead/Co-lead Bird Walks

By Cheri Fox

Where do you like to bird when you are birding alone or with a few friends? Birding by bike or canoe might be fun! Pick your favorite park or trail, somewhere close by or further afield, and contact me, Cheri Fox, about adding an outing to next year’s field trip schedule. We’d love to have … Read more

Chip Notes: July/August, 2017

By Greg Burnes

By Greg Burnes, MRVAC President  In late May I found a female and male Mourning Warbler along Nine-Mile Creek. I was elated that I was able to pick its song out from the vocalizing of many other birds and return the next day to hear and get a glimpse of these beautiful warblers. I know … Read more