Today’s Events

No events today, but take a look below to see what's coming up.

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

  • ~ March 6, 2015. All Day Event. Road Trip: Festival of Owls: Houston, MN, March 6-8
  • ~ March 7, 2015. All Day Event. Workshop: Aldo Leopold Weekend, March 7-8
  • ~ March 7, 2015. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Bird Watching Trek at Old Cedar Avenue Bridge
  • ~ March 8, 2015. All Day Event. Workshop: Aldo Leopold Weekend, March 7-8
  • ~ March 8, 2015. 10:00 am. Workshop: Planting for Pollinators
  • ~ March 14, 2015. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Bird Watching Trek at Old Cedar Avenue Bridge
  • ~ March 21, 2015. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Bird Watching Trek at Old Cedar Avenue Bridge
  • ~ March 21, 2015. 9:00 am. Family Outing: Bird Banding Programs at Carver Park Reserve
  • ~ March 21, 2015. 10:00 am. Family Outing: Annual Maple Syrup Day, Audubon Center of the North Woods
  • ~ March 23, 2015. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Bird Watching Trek at Old Cedar Avenue Bridge
  • ~ March 24, 2015. 4:30 pm. Field Trip: Tuesday Tour: Squish! at the Wilkie Unit
  • ~ March 26, 2015. 7:00 am. Family Outing: Southwestern Minnesota Birding Days, March 26-27
  • ~ March 30, 2015. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Bird Watching Trek at Old Cedar Avenue Bridge
  • ~ 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

Eagle Scout Completes Chimney Swift Tower

By Paul Randall, MRVAC Member 

I want to thank for your generous donation of $250 for chimney swift tower materials; my Eagle Scout project. Without it, I would not have had enough funding in time.

I‘d like to talk about my project and how it went for me. This is a large chimney like tower providing a place for chimney swifts to roost and nest. We started work on the 16th of June and finished on the 26th. It ended up being 18 hours of work with several people on each of the five workdays. On the final day, one of the parents brought scaffolding which greatly increased progress. We used liquid nail on the entire tower, along with screws for maximum strength. The angle irons are also a quarter of an inch adding additional strength. It shouldn‘t be going anywhere! I finished by the end of June, my original goal.

I hope you are pleased with where your money went. I am very happy with how the tower turned out. There is quite a bit of space underneath to squeeze in and clean the tower. I can do the cleaning job; it is only once a year and it is very simple. I just have to scrape the twig nest out if a nest was made. The tower should also last for a number of decades. Yearly maintenance should keep it in good condition and I can do my best to preserve it. Ron Windingstad from Audubon Minnesota gave me a CD with Chimney Swift recordings on it. I will play it in an attempt to attract nesting or roosting swifts. If you would like to see it, feel free to contact me. Thank you again helping me complete my project with your support.