Today’s Events

  • March 26, 2015 – Southwestern Minnesota Birding Days, March 26-27
    7:00 am, Family Outing

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 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
  • ~ 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

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.