Today’s Events

No events today, but take a look below to see what's coming up.
  • ~ May 26, 2016. 7:00 pm. MRVAC Program: The B.S. of Bites and Stings: How Invertebrates Love Us
  • ~ June 5, 2016. All Day Event. Field Trip: Dakota County Prairie Birds
  • ~ June 5, 2016. 8:00 am. Field Trip: MN Valley Nat’l Wildlife Refuge Birding: Bloomington Visitor Center
  • ~ June 6, 2016. 7:00 am. Field Trip: Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve
  • ~ June 9, 2016. All Day Event. Road Trip: Central Minnesota Birding Days, June 9-10
  • ~ June 9, 2016. 5:00 pm. Family Outing: Potluck Supper & Birding at Richardson Nature Center: Thursday, June 9
  • ~ June 12, 2016. All Day Event. Field Trip: Cannon River Bottoms
  • ~ June 25, 2016. All Day Event. Family Outing: BioBlitz @ Louisville Swamp
  • ~ June 26, 2016. 8:00 am. Field Trip: MN Valley Nat’l Wildlife Refuge Birding: Bloomington Visitor Center

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.