Today’s Events

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

MRVAC Programs

November 20: Holiday Auction. Have fun and help raise money for MRVAC's educational outreach.

December 20: Potluck Soup Supper following the Christmas Bird Count. Everyone is invited whether or not you counted!

  • ~ November 4, 2014. 6:30 pm. Meeting: Environmental Action Committee (EAC)
  • ~ November 5, 2014. 8:30 am. Meeting: MN Ornithologists Union Paper Session
  • ~ November 6, 2014. 7:00 am. Field Trip: Anoka County Birding Day
  • ~ November 8, 2014. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Old Cedar Avenue Birding Trek
  • ~ November 10, 2014. 8:00 am. Family Outing: Wilkie Unit Birding Trek
  • ~ November 15, 2014. 9:00 am. Field Trip: Swans on the Mississippi
  • ~ November 22, 2014. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Wilkie Unit Birding Trek
  • ~ December 2, 2014. 6:30 pm. Meeting: Environmental Action Committee (EAC)
  • ~ December 4, 2014. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Metro County Birding Day
  • ~ December 6, 2014. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Wilkie Unit Bird Watching
  • ~ December 8, 2014. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Wilkie Unit Bird Watching
  • ~ December 14, 2014. All Day Event. Family Outing: Cedar Creek Bog Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
  • ~ December 20, 2014. All Day Event. Family Outing: Bloomington Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
  • ~ December 20, 2014. All Day Event. Family Outing: Excelsior Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
  • ~ December 20, 2014. 4:30 pm. Family Outing: Potluck Soup Supper: Open to all MRVAC members and CBC counters!

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.