Today’s Events

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

MRVAC Programs

No MRVAC programs are scheduled for July and August. See you in September!

  • ~ August 5, 2014. 6:30 pm. Meeting: Environmental Action Committee (EAC)
  • ~ August 6, 2014. 6:00 pm. Road Trip: Lac Qui Parle State Park - August 6-8
  • ~ August 9, 2014. 8:30 am. Field Trip: Rapids Lake Education Center, MVNWR
  • ~ August 16, 2014. All Day Event. Family Outing: Henderson Hummingbird Hurrah Celebration
  • ~ August 16, 2014. 8:30 am. Field Trip: Louisville Swamp Unit, Shakopee
  • ~ August 23, 2014. 7:00 am. Field Trip: Rapids Lake Education Center, MVNWR
  • ~ August 24, 2014. All Day Event. Field Trip: Cannon River Bottoms
  • ~ August 25, 2014. 7:00 am. Field Trip: Bloomington Ferry Unit, MVNWR
  • ~ September 2, 2014. 6:30 pm. Meeting: Environmental Action Committee (EAC)
  • ~ October 7, 2014. 6:30 pm. Meeting: Environmental Action Committee (EAC)
  • ~ November 4, 2014. 6:30 pm. Meeting: Environmental Action Committee (EAC)
  • ~ December 2, 2014. 6:30 pm. Meeting: Environmental Action Committee (EAC)

Saving the Galapagos Hawk

By Dr. Julie Ponder, Executive Director of The Raptor Center.

Location: Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Visitor Center

Thursday, March 22, 2012

7:00 pm: Socialize with coffee and cookies

7:30 pm: A brief MRVAC business meeting followed by the featured speaker

The Galapagos Islands are one of the most famous birding destinations. Unfortunately, for many years, invasive species have plagued these famous islands, putting the native bird and animal populations at risk.

Partnering with collaborators from around the world, the Galapagos National Park is working to prevent extinctions and restore ecosystems altered over time. The current focus is to permanently remove invasive rodents, with a critical component of preventing non-target species mortality.

Because the Galapagos Hawks were identified as at risk, The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota was asked to lead the effort to protect them during a recent rodent eradication project in Galapagos. Come learn about the challenges faced in this amazing place and the extraordinary efforts to save it.

Where: Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington. Take Hwy 494 to 34th Ave. Go south to American Blvd; turn left and go 2 blocks. Center will be on your right.

Public Transit: Accessible by Hiawatha Light Rail line, The Visitor Center is a couple of blocks from the American Blvd. stop.