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.