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.

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.

April 25: Finding the World’s Rarest Bird, Our Latest ‘Coal Mine Canary’

Presented by Nick Minor, University of Minnesota  The Stresemann’s Bristlefront is one of the hardest-to-find birds in the world. So when a small team finally discovered a lone female last December, a flurry of media coverage spread the news around the world. Can this skulking, nondescript bird—whose population size may be just one individual—serve as … Read more

March 28: Bird Migration

Presented by Jim Egge, Past President, Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis Bird migration is a subject that has always been poorly understood, but modern techniques of research have given us the tools to gather information about bird flights. Knowledge about what drives birds to move as they do and how they manage to navigate with precision … Read more

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

MRVAC News

Golden Eagle Survey Jan 19, 2019

By MRVAC

Sponsored by National Eagle Center In mid-January, more than 200 citizen scientist volunteers from the National Eagle Center spread out across the blufflands of southeast Minnesota, western Wisconsin and eastern Iowa during the 15th annual Wintering Golden Eagle Survey, January 19, 2019. They were seeking Golden Eagles that winter in the hills and valleys of … Read more

2018 Bloomington Christmas Bird Count Report

By MRVAC

Submitted by Greg Burnes, Bloomington Compiler  We had a beautiful day (sunny sky with temps in the 30’s) for our 2018 CBC. 73 volunteers spent hundreds of hours walking, driving and feeder-watching the Bloomington CBC area. The group counted 8,236 actual birds and 59 species. This year’s results paralleled the 2017 count with a few … Read more

2018 Cedar Creek Bog Christmas Bird Count Report

By MRVAC

Submitted by James Howitz, Cedar Creek Compiler  The Cedar Creek Bog Christmas Count was held on Sunday December 16, 2018. The weather was perfect, with clear skies and a high of 44F. Snow cover was negligible.  We found 24 Red-headed Woodpeckers, down from the record 83 in 2017, but above the long-term average of about … Read more

2019 Excelsior Christmas Bird Count Report

By MRVAC

Submitted by Howard Towle, Excelsior compiler  Nearly ideal weather conditions with bright sunshine, temperatures reaching into the low 40’s, and very little wind led to an excellent day of birding on Saturday, December 15, for the 67th Excelsior Christmas Bird Count. Through the efforts of a record number of participants, 76 field observers and 14 … Read more

Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery

By MRVAC

By Jim Stengel, Red-Headed Woodpeckery Recovery  The Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery project (RhWR) is now in its twelfth year of working to halt the decline and promote the recovery of Red-Headed Woodpeckers (RHWOs) in Minnesota through habitat preservation and restoration, research, and public education. Volunteers have done surveys of RHWOs from the project’s beginning.  At the … Read more

2019 Bird-a-Thon Challenge: May 1-15

By Walt Stull

2019 marks the 52st Anniversary of the incorporation of our chapter. Last year we raised over $2,000 – it would be great to top that.  Those of you who plan to go birding to raise money should choose a day between May 1st and May 15th. You can go birding anywhere in the world on … Read more

2018 Holiday Auction Raises Money for Educational Projects

By MRVAC

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