Today’s Events

  • March 30, 2015 – Bird Watching Trek at Old Cedar Avenue Bridge
    8:00 am, Field Trip

MRVAC Programs

March 26: Birds of Texas from Laura’s Big Year by Laura Erickson, author & speaker

April 23: Non-Feathered Reptiles of Minnesota by John Moriarty, Senior Manager of Wildlife, Three Rivers Park District

  • ~ April 2, 2015. All Day Event. Field Trip: Ramsey County Birding Day
  • ~ April 5, 2015. 3:00 pm. Family Outing: Call of the Wild Film Fest at the Refuge
  • ~ April 11, 2015. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Bird Watching Trek at Rapids Lake Unit
  • ~ April 12, 2015. 3:00 pm. Family Outing: Call of the Wild Film Fest at the Refuge
  • ~ April 16, 2015. All Day Event. Road Trip: Central Minnesota Birding Days, April 16 & 17
  • ~ April 17, 2015. All Day Event. Road Trip: Food & Farms Weekend: April 17-19
  • ~ April 18, 2015. 9:00 am. Family Outing: Bird Banding Programs at Carver Park Reserve
  • ~ April 19, 2015. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Bird Watching Trek at Rapids Lake Unit
  • ~ April 19, 2015. 3:00 pm. Family Outing: Call of the Wild Film Fest at the Refuge
  • ~ April 25, 2015. All Day Event. Road Trip: Salt Lake Birding Weekend, 2015
  • ~ April 26, 2015. 3:00 pm. Family Outing: Call of the Wild Film Fest at the Refuge
  • ~ April 27, 2015. 6:30 pm. Workshop: Beginning Birding Class
  • ~ May 9, 2015. All Day Event. Field Trip: Wood Lake Nature Center Birdathon: May 9
  • ~ May 16, 2015. 9:00 am. Family Outing: Bird Banding Programs at Carver Park Reserve

Audubon MN’s 3rd Annual Chimney Swift Sit

by Ron Windingstad, Audubon Minnesota

Once again, volunteers throughout the state are needed to participate in Audubon Minnesota?s Second Annual Chimney Swift Sit for an hour on any day during July 29-August 1, or August 26-29.

Chimney Swift populations have declined 54 percent over the past 40 years. This species is important to the environment, as each day Chimney Swifts consume one-third of their weight in flying insects, such as mosquitoes and flies, making them a natural insect control. The data that volunteers collect will help us better understand the distribution of migrating Chimney Swifts in Minnesota.

Here’s how the Sit works: Participants “sit” at a chimney they know have swifts, or suspects there are swifts, for about an hour any day between July 29-August 1, or August 26-29 and count/estimate the number of chimney swifts as they enter a nighttime roosting place, and record the data on their Sit participation form. Volunteers can count on one night or on several nights during the designated period.

For more information about the Sit and to download a participation form, go to http://mn.audubon.org. If you cannot participate in the Sit but know of places where Chimney Swifts are roosting, please contact Ron Windingstad at rwindingstad@audubon.org or 651-739-9332 ext 14.

In addition to the Sit, Audubon Minnesota is promoting Chimney Swift conservation efforts by educating chimney owners about the habitat needs of Chimney Swifts and facilitating the building of new structures specifically for use by these birds as nest and roost sites. The Chimney Swift was just declared an endangered species in Nova Scotia this past year and we hope our efforts through research and education will help halt the decline here in Minnesota. You may have seen a tower at Rapids Lake in Carver or at Westwood Hills NC in St. Louis Park.

For more information about Chimney Swift conservation, visit http://mn.audubon.org.