Today’s Events

  • April 19, 2015 – Bird Watching Trek at Rapids Lake Unit
    8:00 am, Field Trip
  • April 19, 2015 – Call of the Wild Film Fest at the Refuge
    3:00 pm, Family Outing

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

  • ~ April 19, 2015. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Bird Watching Trek at Rapids Lake Unit
  • ~ April 19, 2015. 3:00 pm. Family Outing: Call of the Wild Film Fest at the Refuge
  • ~ April 25, 2015. All Day Event. Road Trip: Salt Lake Birding Weekend, 2015
  • ~ April 26, 2015. 3:00 pm. Family Outing: Call of the Wild Film Fest at the Refuge
  • ~ April 27, 2015. 6:30 pm. Workshop: Beginning Birding Class
  • ~ May 9, 2015. All Day Event. Field Trip: Wood Lake Nature Center Birdathon: May 9
  • ~ May 16, 2015. 9:00 am. Family Outing: Bird Banding Programs at Carver Park Reserve

About MRVAC

The Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter (MRVAC) of the National Audubon Society was first organized on March 2, 1967.  Currently MRVAC has about 1,000 members.  Our membership area spans the Minnesota River valley from Bloomington to Henderson, just to the south and west of Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Our mission is to provide leadership in promoting environmental awareness, education and advocacy action, especially relating to the wildlife and habitats of the Minnesota River Valley.

MRVAC promotes the understanding, enjoyment, and protection of native birds, other wildlife and their habitats.  We offer approximately 65 field trips per year led by expert birders to a variety of locations in the Minnesota River Valley and throughout Minnesota.

One of our main objectives is to teach children about the importance of getting outdoors, experiencing nature, and caring for wildlife and the environment.  To achieve these goals, we provide birding curriculum materials to schools, provide funding to enable busing to the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, and conduct and organize river cleanups in the community.  We also provide funding to the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center to hire interns.

Chapter meetings are held the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. (from September through May) at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East in Bloomington.  Meetings are free and open to the public and feature a speaker presenting on a topic involving birding, nature, or conservation.