Today’s Events

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MRVAC Programs

May 21: Birds in Love by Steve Weston, MRVAC Vice President

June 4: Potluck Supper and Birding at Hyland Park Everyone Welcome!

  • ~ May 30, 2015. 8:30 am. Field Trip: Louisville Swamp MN Valley NWR
  • ~ May 30, 2015. 9:00 am. Family Outing: Burnsville Native Plant Market
  • ~ June 1, 2015. 7:00 am. Field Trip: Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve
  • ~ June 4, 2015. 5:00 pm. MRVAC Program: MRVAC Potluck & Birding
  • ~ June 6, 2015. 8:30 am. Field Trip: Rapids Lake Unit – MVNWR Ed. Center
  • ~ June 7, 2015. 7:00 am. Field Trip: Dakota County Prairie Birds
  • ~ June 13, 2015. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Bird Watching Trek at Refuge: Black Dog Unit *
  • ~ June 14, 2015. 7:00 am. Field Trip: Cannon River Bottoms
  • ~ June 15, 2015. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Bird Watching Trek at Refuge: Louisville Swamp Unit
  • ~ June 16, 2015. All Day Event. Family Outing: Young Birder Summer Day Camp, June 16-19

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.