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

  • June 23, 2018, 8:00 am: MN Valley Nat'l Valley Refuge Walk: Bass Ponds
  • June 25, 2018, 8:00 am: MN Valley Nat'l Valley Refuge Walk: Bass Ponds
  • June 28, 2018, All Day Event: Southern Minnesota Birding Days: June 28-29
  • June 28, 2018, 5:30 pm: MRVAC Potluck & Red-headed Woodpecker Presentation
  • July 1, 2018, 8:00 am: MN Valley Nat’l Wildlife Refuge Bird Watching: Bass Ponds
  • July 2, 2018, 8:00 am: MN Valley Nat’l Wildlife Refuge Bird Watching: Bass Ponds
  • July 21, 2018, 8:00 am: MN Valley Nat’l Wildlife Refuge Bird Watching: Bass Ponds
  • July 23, 2018, 8:00 am: MN Valley Nat’l Wildlife Refuge Bird Watching: Bass Ponds
  • July 26, 2018, All Day Event: SW Minnesota Birding Days: July 26-27
  • August 5, 2018, 8:00 am: MN Valley Nat’l Wildlife Refuge Bird Watching: Bass Ponds

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.

Meetings Resume in September

The next general MRVAC meeting with a speaker will be on September 27, 2018. Steve Weston, MRVAC Vice President and the speaker coordinator promises a great lineup for the upcoming program year, but can’t yet reveal any specifics. Plan to join us at the Bloomington Visitor Center of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.  In … Read more

August 18: Henderson Hummingbird Hurrah

Birds, Butterflies & Blooms Produced by Henderson Feathers 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Rain or Shine! Bender Park: 200 N. Third Street Minnesota New Country School (MNCS): 210 Main Street Garden: Corner of 4th Street & Oak Street 9:00 am – noon: Hummingbird Banding in the garden 9:30 am – 10:30 am: Garden Tour – Master gardener … Read more

Volunteer to Lead/Co-lead Bird Walks

Would you be willing to share a favorite birding spot with other MRVAC members? Birding by bike or canoe might be fun! Pick your favorite park or trail, somewhere close by or further afield, and then contact me, Cheri Fox, about adding an outing to next year’s field trip schedule. We’d love to have a … Read more

MRVAC News

Matthew’s Musings: July/August

By Matthew Schaut

It’s hard to know, but the world may have ended the day the uber-handsome Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, bought the moribund Kinder-Morgan pipeline for 4.5 billion dollars. Part of me hopes he did it in order to shut it down. The rest of me suspects he has revealed that Canada is a petro … Read more

August 18: Henderson Hummingbird Hurrah

By Anne Hanley

Birds, Butterflies & Blooms Produced by Henderson Feathers 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Rain or Shine! Bender Park: 200 N. Third Street Minnesota New Country School (MNCS): 210 Main Street Garden: Corner of 4th Street & Oak Street 9:00 am – noon: Hummingbird Banding in the garden 9:30 am – 10:30 am: Garden Tour – Master gardener … Read more

Volunteer to Lead/Co-lead Bird Walks

By Cheri Fox

Would you be willing to share a favorite birding spot with other MRVAC members? Birding by bike or canoe might be fun! Pick your favorite park or trail, somewhere close by or further afield, and then contact me, Cheri Fox, about adding an outing to next year’s field trip schedule. We’d love to have a … Read more

Bluebird Monitors Wanted

By Anne Hanley

Wanted: A monitor to check an Eastern Bluebird trail at Southview Golf Course: 239 Mendota Rd E, West St Paul, MN 55118. Duties include checking a dozen bluebird boxes once/week starting May 1st for a minimum of 12 weeks. One line abbreviated notes are taken and summarized at the end of the year to report … Read more

Wetland Monitoring Opportunity

By Anne Hanley

Hennepin County is seeking citizen scientists to gather data about the health of wetlands in their communities. Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP) volunteers will work with other citizen scientists to monitor bugs and plants in wetlands. No experience is required, but an interest in wetlands, bugs and/or plants is encouraged. Hennepin County provides all of … Read more

Red-Headed Woodpecker Recovery

By Matthew Schaut

Final Report for MRVAC for 2017 Summer Research Season By Keith Olstad, Convener, Research Team, RHWO Recovery Project, (612) 940-1534 Last December, our Red-headed Woodpecker (RHWO) Recovery research team submitted a grant application to the Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter. Our primary request was for funds to defray expenses for increased volunteer and professional field-work to … Read more

World Migratory Bird Day Event at the Refuge

By Anne Hanley

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge will debut the Discover Nature App, a new mobile guide and trivia game, during World Migratory Bird Day festivities Saturday, May 12, at the Refuge. The Discover Nature App guides visitors as they explore three units of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, providing points of interest and information on … Read more

2018 Birdathon: May 1-15

By Bob Williams

It’s time to prepare for the 2018 MRVAC Bird-a-Thon FUNdraiser! Here’s how to participate: You simply ask friends and relatives to either pledge to donate a certain amount per bird sighted or a specified sum. Some birders will sight over 100 birds on a Bird-a-Thon day, so a pledge of 25 cents per bird could … Read more

Book Review: Birds of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East

By Mark Lystig

Birds of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East: A Photographic Guide  By Frédéric Jiguet & Aurélien Audevard; translated by Tony Williams Published by Princeton University Press Paper list $29.95; ISBN 9780691172439 448 pages; 5×7 ½ ; 2,200 color photos and maps Publication date: March 22, 2017 This is a new field guide for the … Read more