Today’s Events

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 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)

2011 Cedar Creek Bog CBC Results

The 66th Cedar Creek Bog Christmas Bird Count was conducted on Sunday, December 18, 2011 under unseasonably balmy conditions, perhaps the warmest count on record for Cedar Creek. While lakes were frozen thick, the streams were flowing, and the ground was free of snow. The 45 species (+ 2 count week), represents the highest species count recorded in the counts. Still, the total count of birds was not impressive and most counters felt the numbers were low.

Interesting birds found included Northern Goshawk, Common Raven (regular on this count), Red-headed Woodpecker, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebird, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and White-winged Crossbills. Five species established new high count including Northern Shrike (10), and four of our woodpeckers.

Most remarkable was the number of our most common woodpecker, the Red-headed Woodpecker with 56 individuals counted. All of these birds, I believe, were within the Cedar Creek Natural History Area. This record is almost twice the previous high count. Thanks to all who participated in the count.