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.

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.

April 26: Monitoring Minnesota Bats

by Melissa Boman – Minnesota Biological Survey, MN DNR Bats are an incredible mammal species that provide us with many ecological benefits. Learn about the different species of bats in Minnesota and how the deadly disease, White-nose Syndrome will impact bats in the state and across North America. Bat survey specialist Melissa Boman will discuss ongoing monitoring conducted by the Minnesota … Read more

March 22: Minnesota’s Birds: What We Thought We Knew, What We Now Know, What We Still Don’t Know

by Bob Dunlap – Minnesota DNR, President of Minnesota Ornithologist’s Union We’ve learned a few things about Minnesota’s birds since the turn of the century. Bob Dunlap, a zoologist with the MN Department of Natural Resources and current president of the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union, will guide us through some new insights and new frontiers for birding in Minnesota. Thursday, March 22 … Read more

February 22: Water Birds of the North Ottawa Impoundment, Grant County

by Christine Herwig – Minnesota DNR, Nongame Wildlife Program Christine Herwig, Regional Nongame Specialist for Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Nongame Wildlife Program, will discuss waterbird use at North Ottawa Impoundment located in Grant County. This impoundment was created to reduce floods along the Red River but has a secondary benefit of providing habitat to birds. … Read more


Matthew’s Musings

By Matthew Schaut

The January 2018 Refuge gathering was an enjoyable affair. What is better than hearing about, and seeing video of penguins in action? In the audience was a young professional biologist. In her early teens she had applied for and received money from MRVAC to attend environmental summer camps. She sited these camps as one of the key reasons she chose a … Read more

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project

By Anne Hanley

Research Team Final Report for MRVAC for 2017 Summer Research Season By Keith Olstad November 25, 2017  Last December, our Red-headed Woodpecker (RHWO) Recovery research team submitted a grant application to the Minnesota River Valley Audubon Club. Our primary request was for funds to defray expenses for increased volunteer and professional field-work to begin to … Read more

Audubon Chapter of the North Woods Receives Century Farm

By Anne Hanley

By Bryan Wood, Audubon Center of the North Woods Once in a while, an act of generosity leaves you humbled by its magnitude. You can’t help but take a step back, astounded by the goodness of people and their desire to want to leave the world a better place. You marvel at the kindness individuals … Read more

Birders and Birding

By Bob Janssen

The older I get the more I like birders, the younger ones especially. Yes, we older birders are OK, even with our faults and some of us, who are really old, with our ignorance of the digital age. I would like to ask your indulgence while I do my best to relate a story of … Read more

Matthew’s Musings

By Matthew Schaut

Happy New Year! I’m glad it’s a little bit cold and some places are getting snow. There was snow in Texas and Florida, lake effect snow around the Great Lakes. All that moisture in the sky due to the added heat in energy. Speaking of which, the upper Midwest has seen the largest Winter temperature … Read more

Call for Trumpeter Award Nominations

By Matthew Schaut

Each spring for 14 of the past 16 years, MRVAC has presented the Trumpeter Award to one of its members for outstanding long-term contributions to MRVAC. We are soliciting nominations from you; tell us who you think should be our next recipient. Please send in a nomination by January 31. The selection committee, which is … Read more

Holiday Auction & Give to the Max Raises Money for Educational Projects

By Bob Williams

We had a very successful and entertaining Holiday Auction at the Refuge Visitor Center on November 17. We raised $2753 which is just a bit less than the $3000 we raised last year. Our fabulous auctioneers, Mark Lystig and Scott Clark sold at least 100 items donated by members as well as these generous companies: … 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