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!

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.