What we do

MRVAC promotes environmental awareness, education and advocacy action, especially relating to the wildlife and habitats of the Minnesota River Valley.

Support MRVAC and our mission

By donating to the Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter, you help provide essential funding for our educational and restoration projects.

Upcoming Events

  • February 28, 2019, 7:00 pm: MRVAC Program: Roads to Conservation with MNDOT
  • March 1, 2019, All Day Event: International Festival of Owls: March 1-3
  • March 21, 2019, All Day Event: Audubon's Nebraska Crane Festival: March 21-24, Kearney, Nebraska

MRVAC Programs

When: Please join us from 7:00-7:30 pm to socialize over cookies. A brief business meeting and the featured speaker begin at 7:30 pm. The meeting will conclude before 9:00 pm.

Where: Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center: 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington.

February 28: Roads to Conservation with MNDOT

with Beth Brown & Christopher Smith – Minnesota Department of Transportation  Chris and Beth from the Office of Environmental Stewardship of the Minnesota Department of Transportation have the responsibility of conserving and protecting the natural resources along our state’s highways. They will provide an overview of the MN DOT stewardship program and highlight some of the … Read more

January 24: Birding Santa Marta, Colombia

with Bill Marengo & Paul Egeland The northern most extension of the Andes resides in northern Colombia in the Guajira peninsula. Take a peek at this endemic rich area of the world as Bill Marengo and Paul Egeland share their birding and cultural experiences from their visit to this area that hosts the Santa Marta … Read more

2019 Trumpeter Award Nominations

Each spring for 15 of the past 17 years, MRVAC has presented the Trumpeter Award to one of its members for outstanding long-term contributions to MRVAC. We are soliciting nominations from you; tell us who you think should be our next recipient. Please send in a nomination by Jan. 31. The selection committee, which is … Read more

MRVAC News

2018 Holiday Auction Raises Money for Educational Projects

By Tracy Albinson

We had a successful and entertaining Holiday Auction at the Refuge Visitor Center on November 15. We raised $2226 (a bit less than the $2700 we raised last year).  Our fabulous auctioneers, Monica Rauchwarter and Scott Clark sold many fabulous items donated by members as well as from these generous companies and local organizations:  All … Read more

February 28: Roads to Conservation with MNDOT

By Steve Weston

with Beth Brown & Christopher Smith – Minnesota Department of Transportation  Chris and Beth from the Office of Environmental Stewardship of the Minnesota Department of Transportation have the responsibility of conserving and protecting the natural resources along our state’s highways. They will provide an overview of the MN DOT stewardship program and highlight some of the … Read more

2019 Trumpeter Award Nominations

By Anne Hanley

Each spring for 15 of the past 17 years, MRVAC has presented the Trumpeter Award to one of its members for outstanding long-term contributions to MRVAC. We are soliciting nominations from you; tell us who you think should be our next recipient. Please send in a nomination by Jan. 31. The selection committee, which is … Read more

Great Horned Owl

Chip Notes – November-December, 2018

By Matthew Schaut

The Fall season of MRVAC-sponsored presentations at the Minnesota River Valley National Wildlife Refuge began with an ample and appreciative audience benefiting from Ben Douglas’ experience in finding rare birds by his own efforts. Ben’s talk was very well organized and his strategies can be used by any motivated birder. One of the things I … Read more

November 15: Holiday Auction

By Anne Hanley

Get some of your holiday shopping done, have fun and raise money to support a variety of environmental education projects. Come and bid often, bid high and have fun doing it for our environmental education program! 5:30 pm Drop off auction donations, check out the items on offer and enjoy refreshments. .  6:45 – 8:15 … Read more

December 15: Christmas Bird Count & Potluck Soup Supper

By MRVAC

You are invited to join us for the 119th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. All levels of experience are welcome. Young birders with good eyes and ears are especially appreciated as an addition to a team of more experienced birders. Come help us count the birds! Soup Supper: On Saturday 12/15, gather between 4:30 and 5 … Read more

November 15: Give to the Max Day

By MRVAC

‘Tis the season of giving, and as you plan your charitable donations for 2018, please consider donating to MRVAC. We’ve partnered with GiveMN.org to help make donations quick and easy: https://givemn.org/organization/Minnesota-River-Valley-Audubon-Chapter. One of MRVAC’s main objectives is to teach children about the importance of getting outdoors, experiencing nature, and caring for wildlife and the environment. To … Read more

Tim Leahy Passed Away this Spring

By MRVAC

MRVAC lost a great friend and mentor for many birders with the recent death of Tim Leahy. Tim was an accomplished birder who, though he birded throughout the country and world, had a special fondness for the Minnesota River Valley, so close to his home in Bloomington. Many of you may have met him during … Read more

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Threat

By MRVAC

An atrocity coming: Proposed 3-D seismic exploration in our Arctic National Wildlife Refuge  By Lois Norrgard, National Field Organizer, Alaska Wilderness League The Bureau of Land Management will soon announce a proposed plan for 3-D seismic exploration across the 1.5 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain, with a public comment period to … Read more