Today’s Events

  • March 6, 2015 – Festival of Owls: Houston, MN, March 6-8
    All Day Event, Road Trip

MRVAC Programs

March 26: Birds of Texas from Laura’s Big Year by Laura Erickson, author & speaker

April 23: Non-Feathered Reptiles of Minnesota by John Moriarty, Senior Manager of Wildlife, Three Rivers Park District

  • ~ March 6, 2015. All Day Event. Road Trip: Festival of Owls: Houston, MN, March 6-8
  • ~ March 7, 2015. All Day Event. Workshop: Aldo Leopold Weekend, March 7-8
  • ~ March 7, 2015. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Bird Watching Trek at Old Cedar Avenue Bridge
  • ~ March 8, 2015. All Day Event. Workshop: Aldo Leopold Weekend, March 7-8
  • ~ March 8, 2015. 10:00 am. Workshop: Planting for Pollinators
  • ~ March 14, 2015. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Bird Watching Trek at Old Cedar Avenue Bridge
  • ~ March 21, 2015. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Bird Watching Trek at Old Cedar Avenue Bridge
  • ~ March 21, 2015. 9:00 am. Family Outing: Bird Banding Programs at Carver Park Reserve
  • ~ March 21, 2015. 10:00 am. Family Outing: Annual Maple Syrup Day, Audubon Center of the North Woods
  • ~ March 23, 2015. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Bird Watching Trek at Old Cedar Avenue Bridge
  • ~ March 24, 2015. 4:30 pm. Field Trip: Tuesday Tour: Squish! at the Wilkie Unit
  • ~ March 26, 2015. 7:00 am. Family Outing: Southwestern Minnesota Birding Days, March 26-27
  • ~ March 30, 2015. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Bird Watching Trek at Old Cedar Avenue Bridge
  • ~ April 2, 2015. All Day Event. Field Trip: Ramsey County Birding Day
  • ~ April 5, 2015. 3:00 pm. Family Outing: Call of the Wild Film Fest at the Refuge

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.