Hopkins Community Ed Birding Class

Beginning Bird Class (Hopkins Community Education)

Four Mondays: May 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Hopkins Community Education: 952.988.4070

George Skinner and Anne HanleyIncrease your observation skills and your knowledge of birds with one indoor session May 2, followed by three local field trips on May 9, 16, and 23 in Minnetonka, Eden Prairie and St. Louis Park. Instructors (and long-time MRVAC members) George Skinner and Anne Hanley will provide binoculars and field guides for class use, if needed.

Children ages 12 and up are welcome, if accompanied by an adult. $34 fee includes an introductory Audubon membership and access to more free local field trips throughout the year. Course fee is per family. No discounts.

Class space is limited. Please pre-register by calling 952.988.4070 (open M-F, 8 am-4 pm) or online: https://hopkins.ce.feepay.com/course/winter-spring-adult-2016/beginning-bird-watching 

Tambopata Macaw Project Program

by Annie Hawkinson, www.macawproject.org

Location: Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Visitor Center

Thursday, April 28

7:00 pm: Socialize with coffee and cookies

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

MacawThe Tambopata Macaw Project, located in the remote Peruvian Amazon, has been studying parrots and clay-lick use for more than 20 years. This region of SE Peru sees the highest concentration of clay-licks in the world, and every morning hundreds of parrots, alongside other herbivores consume this rich earth along the Tambopata River.

Ms. Hawkinson will speak about her experience as field leader with the project, provide insight into current research and volunteer opportunities, and share breathtaking pictures of Amazonian wildlife.

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. Enter through the door at the middle of the building.

Public Transit: Accessible by METRO Blue line (Hiawatha light rail), The Visitor Center is a couple of blocks east of the American Boulevard stop.

Birding Guatemala

by Larry Sirvio

Location: Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Visitor Center

Thursday, March 24

7:00 pm: Socialize with coffee and cookies

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

Red-lored Parrot
Red-lored Parrot, by Larry Sirvio

Guatemala is an attractive birding destination with more than 720 bird species and a high diversity of ecosystems. Guided by Guatemalan resident Knut Eisermann, we spent several days in the highlands followed by 3 days in the tropical lowlands of Tikal, perhaps the best spot I’ve ever seen for birding. The last few days were spent in southern coastal wetlands which featured good rum drinks as well as some interesting shorebirds and a resident pygmy-owl.

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. Enter through the door at the middle of the building.

Public Transit: Accessible by METRO Blue line (Hiawatha light rail), The Visitor Center is a couple of blocks east of the American Boulevard stop.