Today’s Events

  • April 19, 2014 – Crex Meadows (Carpool from Southtown)
    7:00 am, Road Trip

MRVAC Programs

Thursday, March 27, 7:00 pm Tales from Laura's Big Year by Laura Erickson

Thursday, April 24, 7:00 pm What's the Buzz About Native Bees? by Crystal Boyd, MN DNR

  • ~ April 19, 2014. 7:00 am. Road Trip: Crex Meadows (Carpool from Southtown)
  • ~ April 24, 2014. 7:00 pm. MRVAC Program: What's the Buzz About Native Bees?
  • ~ April 25, 2014. 6:00 am. Road Trip: McLeod County Birding Day
  • ~ April 26, 2014. 7:00 am. Road Trip: 39th Annual Salt Lake Birding Weekend
  • ~ April 26, 2014. 7:00 am. Field Trip: Bird Watching Trek, Old Cedar Avenue Bridge
  • ~ April 28, 2014. 6:30 pm. Workshop: Beginning Bird Class (Hopkins Community Education)
  • ~ April 29, 2014. 7:00 am. Field Trip: Bird Watching Trek, Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center
  • ~ May 6, 2014. 6:30 pm. Meeting: Environmental Action Committee (EAC)
  • ~ June 3, 2014. 6:30 pm. Meeting: Environmental Action Committee (EAC)
  • ~ July 1, 2014. 6:30 pm. Meeting: Environmental Action Committee (EAC)
  • ~ August 5, 2014. 6:30 pm. Meeting: Environmental Action Committee (EAC)
  • ~ 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.