Today’s Events

MRVAC Programs

January 26, 7:00 pm: Fledgling Northern Saw-whet Owl Migration by Jennifer Vieth, Carpenter Nature Center

February 23, 7:00 pm: The Elegance of our Tallest Birds: Cranes, Herons & Egrets by by Stan Tekiela, NatureSmart

Upcoming Events

Why Do We Watch Birds?

by Al Batt, author and humorist

Location: Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Visitor Center

Thursday, October 24

7:00 pm: Socialize with coffee and cookies

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

It’s 3 a.m. and you’re getting out of bed to go look at birds. Is there something wrong or something right about you? Why do we watch a hawk like a hawk? Spend the evening with Al Batt, a great speaker and the funniest birder we know.

Al Batt of rural Hartland, Minnesota is a writer, speaker, storyteller and humorist. Al writes four weekly humor and nature columns, and does a radio show three times per week. He writes a number of popular cartoon strips that are syndicated nationally. He has written for a number of magazines and books, including the Chicken Soup For the Soul series. He is a columnist for Bird Watcher’s Digest and is a trustee of the American Bald Eagle Foundation in Haines, Alaska. Al speaks to anyone who will listen. His mother thinks he is special.

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.