Chip Notes: November-December, 2014
By Greg Burnes, MRVAC President
Hello, my name is Greg Burnes and I’m honored to be the new President of MRVAC. I am so excited to be part of the tremendously important work our group is involved with and want to thank all the current members for their engagement and support; I encourage those who are not members to get involved.
We have three areas of focus for this coming year. The first is our continued support of outdoor education for children and young adults. We know that we fight for what we know and love, and it is critical that we introduce and encourage this upcoming generation to enjoy and protect the natural habitat we enjoy today. Our financial support of the Blue Goose fund continues to be an important part of our plan, along with donations to local nature centers for educational materials.
Secondly, we will provide the most comprehensive schedule of guided birding experiences in the metro area, along with fascinating programming at the refuge. If you are interested in becoming a better birder or just like to better understand and enjoy the beautiful outdoors, we are here to help!!
Lastly, we will be strengthening our efforts to influence habitat preservation efforts and research, with a focus on the Minnesota River Valley. There are a number of important decisions about the future of this habitat that are in-play right now and we need to have our voices heard.
To continue all of these efforts we need your help. Current members, make sure your membership is up-to-date. Those reading this wonderful publication please join the chapter and more importantly get involved in the great work we all do together. Come to meetings, join the bird trips, volunteer to be on the board and get engaged with a number of different activities we offer. If you would like to help but don’t know how to, feel free to contact me directly (see page 3 for email/phone)
I look forward to meeting each of you, and thanks.
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 the September or October meeting, please call Jan at 952-858-8604.
Fire codes affect seating in Refuge Visitor Center auditorium
At upcoming MRVAC meetings (the 4th Thursday of the month, during the school year) you may be asked to fill up empty seats or move in towards the center to allow others to sit down in the auditorium. We cannot bring in extra chairs and sit in the back when the room starts to get crowded, due to fire regulations.
Please help us comply with the rules and allow us to continue meeting at the Visitor Center by switching seats if necessary and by not carrying chairs into the auditorium. Thanks.
Holiday Auction November 20
Put November 20, 2014 on your calendar and plan to attend our fall fundraiser at the Refuge Visitor Center in Bloomington. If you have something to donate or are willing to contact companies or organizations who might make an in-kind contribution, please contact Anne Hanley at 952-936-0811. (We’d also be delighted to have an auction coordinator to set up the tables on the night of the auction.) Learn more.
Give to the Max Day(s): November 1-13
Make a donation to MRVAC and other charitable organization in Minnesota. Learn more.
Call for Trumpeter Award Nominations
Nominate an outstanding member of MRVAC for the Trumpeter Award. Nominations are due by December 31. Read more.
2014 Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
Participate in the 115th annual CBC, plus join other counters and MRVAC members for a potluck soup supper. Learn more.
Rare Rufous Hummingbird
This summer, a rufous hummingbird hung out in Henderson Read all about it.
Meet Rick Magee
Rick is one of MRVAC’s newest board members. Meet Rick!
Change the Glass Now!
New Vikings stadium deadly for migrating birds
The Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis has partnered with award-winning filmmaker and producer Jim Gambone in the making of this short and informative film. The clear glass called for in the stadium design will be deadly for migrating birds. But it’s not too late to change the design and incorporate bird-friendly glass.
Take action! Make a phone call and tell our leaders to “Change the Glass Now!”
- Michele Kelm-Helgen, Chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority: 612-335-3319
- Governor Mark Dayton: 651-201-3400