Today’s Events

MRVAC Programs

September 22, 7:00 pm: Social Learning, Signaling and Deception in Blue Jays by Virginia Heinen, University of Minnesota

September 22, 7:00 pm: Birds' Nests: HOW do they DO that? by Clay Christensen, Birdman of Lauderdale

Upcoming Events

  • ~ September 24, 2016. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Bass Ponds Bird Walk
  • ~ September 24, 2016. 10:00 am. Road Trip: Audubon Center of the North Woods Open House
  • ~ September 27, 2016. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Rapids Lake Bird Walk
  • ~ September 30, 2016. All Day Event. Road Trip: Women’s Superior Hiking Trail Weekend: Sept 30 – Oct 2
  • ~ October 2, 2016. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Bass Ponds Bird Walk
  • ~ October 4, 2016. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Rapids Lake Bird Walk
  • ~ October 6, 2016. All Day Event. Road Trip: Central Minnesota Birding Days: October 6-7
  • ~ October 8, 2016. All Day Event. Family Outing: MVNWR 40th Anniversary!
  • ~ October 10, 2016. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Bass Ponds Bird Walk
  • ~ October 13, 2016. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Hyland Park, Bloomington
  • ~ October 15, 2016. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Rapids Lake Bird Walk
  • ~ October 27, 2016. 7:00 pm. MRVAC Program: Birds' Nests: HOW do they DO that?
  • ~ October 28, 2016. All Day Event. Field Trip: Wright County Birding Day (Part 2)
  • ~ October 29, 2016. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Bass Ponds Bird Walk
  • ~ November 17, 2016. 7:00 pm. MRVAC Program: 2016 Holiday Auction

Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon

by Chubzang Tangbi, Langur Eco Travels of Bhutan

Location: Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Visitor Center

Thursday, September 27, 2012

7:00 pm: Socialize with coffee and cookies

7:30 pm: A brief MRVAC business meeting followed by the featured speaker

The ancient kingdom of Bhutan will unfold before your eyes when native Bhutanese Chubzang Tangbi brings to life the beauty of the Himalayan landscapes, sacred temples and deeply rooted culture filled with colorful festivals in an entertaining photo presentation, September 27 at 7:30 pm.

Chubzang is a photographer and premier birder and a tour guide with the Langur Eco Travels of Bhutan. His country was closed to outside visitors until 1970. Today, Cubzang is dedicating his life to share the wonders of his homeland with others.

Only half the size of Indiana, Bhutan is considered one of the world’s top ten biodiversity hot spots. Its deeply rooted culture of Tantric Mahayana Buddhism stresses that inhabitants take care of the land and maintain the pristine environment in order that life thrives. Bhutan is one of the few unspoiled areas remaining in the world. The country mandates that two-thirds of the land remains under forest cover respecting the ancient landscape.

This September 27 event promises to be an intriguing armchair journey into one of the world’s truly remote ancient kingdoms.

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.