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.

MRVAC News

Trumpeter Swan

Elect 2017-18 Board Members

By Tracy Albinson

Please join us at the meeting on Thursday May 25 to vote on the slate of nine candidates for the Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter board of directors. At present, here’s the list, but there may be last minute changes: President: Matthew Schaut Vice President: Steve Weston Treasurer: Bob Williams Secretary: Members at Large: Becky … Read more

Great Horned Owl

More Birding in Koochiching

By Bob Janssen

In my last article, I wrote about my adventures to Koochiching County in January. These adventures continued into March with the great anticipation of a county lister. Those of us that keep track of birds by county are an “interesting” group of birders. We chase after common birds in remote places and have much fun … Read more

2017 Youth Summer Camps at Audubon Center of the North Woods

By Greg Burnes

The Audubon Center of the North Woods (ACNW) in Sandstone MN offers a variety of youth camps that have a focus on wildlife, nature, challenge and outdoor skills. Give your child the gift of the great outdoors and memories that last a lifetime! ACNW provides great accommodations, wonderful scratch-based meal service, a top-notch, experienced staff … Read more

John Rehbein passed away at 90

By Tracy Albinson

John passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017. He was a founding member of MRVAC and 2006 Trumpeter Award winner. For 20+ years he led the spring warbler field trip to Hok-Si-La and Frontenac. In addition, in 1969, he started the Bloomington Christmas Bird Count that MRVAC still supports. Read John’s obituary here.

Trumpeter

MRVAC Newsletter Distribution

By Tracy Albinson

MRVAC’s newsletter, The Trumpeter, is a valuable tool for communicating what is going on in the environmental community, great book reviews, updates on birding events and more. However, the challenge is that printing the Trumpeter costs MRVAC close to $4,000 per year. That is a substantial part of our budget that could be invested in … Read more

Red-headed Woodpecker

Stay Tuned! SPECIAL EVENT – MRVAC Day at Cedar Creek in July

By Greg Burnes

Many of you know of the great work being done at Cedar Creek by the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project. This is one of the most incredible conservation projects and we hope to offer you a chance to visit with them and get an inside look into the project and then take a walk to see … Read more

Male Varied Thrush

Birding Koochiching County In January

By Bob Janssen

I leave my house at 3:40 A.M., it is a “beautiful” January morning in Minnesota, January 15, 2017 to be exact. I am off on my favorite winter birding adventure in Minnesota, the seeking of a Varied Thrush in a new county, this time in a very special county. Most of my Minnesota birders know … Read more

Minnesota Water Action Day

By Tracy Albinson

Water Action Day is happening on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 and it will be a great opportunity for Audubon members to come to the Capitol for the day and participate in advocacy meetings, as well as a rally with the larger community interested in water issues.

To Register (event is free): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/minnesota-water-action-day-registration-31483505011

Salt Lake Birding Weekend: April 29

By Tracy Albinson

Sponsored by MOU and MRVAC  If you’re dreaming about spring and wanting to find migrating shorebirds and waterfowl, why not join the 42nd annual Salt Lake Birding Weekend? On Saturday April 29, 2017, volunteers will guide birders around Salt Lake, Big Stone Refuge, the lakes, wetlands and native prairies in Lac Qui Parle, Yellow Medicine … Read more