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.

MN Give for MRVAC

One way that MRVAC is able to raise money each year is by participating in the annual fundraising event in Minnesota known as Give to the Max Day. Many nonprofit organizations choose to participate in the event put on by GiveMN and this year’s event will take place on November 14, 2019. You can make … Read more

2019 Holiday Auction – at REI Bloomington

2019 MRVAC Holiday Auction Thursday, November 21, 2019, 5:00 PM REI Community Room, Bloomington MN Mark your calendars for the annual MRVAC Holiday Auction! This year’s event will take place in the REI Community Room located at 750 American Boulevard West in Bloomington. Set up will begin at 5:00 PM, the live auction begins at … Read more

August 18: Henderson Hummingbird Hurrah

Birds, Butterflies & Blooms Produced by Henderson Feathers 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Rain or Shine! Bender Park: 200 N. Third Street Minnesota New Country School (MNCS): 210 Main Street Garden: Corner of 4th Street & Oak Street 9:00 am – noon: Hummingbird Banding in the garden 9:30 am – 10:30 am: Garden Tour – Master gardener … Read more

MRVAC News

MN Give for MRVAC

By Greg Burnes

One way that MRVAC is able to raise money each year is by participating in the annual fundraising event in Minnesota known as Give to the Max Day. Many nonprofit organizations choose to participate in the event put on by GiveMN and this year’s event will take place on November 14, 2019. You can make … Read more

2019 Holiday Auction – at REI Bloomington

By Greg Burnes

2019 MRVAC Holiday Auction Thursday, November 21, 2019, 5:00 PM REI Community Room, Bloomington MN Mark your calendars for the annual MRVAC Holiday Auction! This year’s event will take place in the REI Community Room located at 750 American Boulevard West in Bloomington. Set up will begin at 5:00 PM, the live auction begins at … 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

August 18: Henderson Hummingbird Hurrah

By Anne Hanley

Birds, Butterflies & Blooms Produced by Henderson Feathers 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Rain or Shine! Bender Park: 200 N. Third Street Minnesota New Country School (MNCS): 210 Main Street Garden: Corner of 4th Street & Oak Street 9:00 am – noon: Hummingbird Banding in the garden 9:30 am – 10:30 am: Garden Tour – Master gardener … Read more

Volunteer to Lead/Co-lead Bird Walks

By Cheri Fox

Would you be willing to share a favorite birding spot with other MRVAC members? Birding by bike or canoe might be fun! Pick your favorite park or trail, somewhere close by or further afield, and then contact me, Cheri Fox, about adding an outing to next year’s field trip schedule. We’d love to have a … Read more

Bluebird Monitors Wanted

By Anne Hanley

Wanted: A monitor to check an Eastern Bluebird trail at Southview Golf Course: 239 Mendota Rd E, West St Paul, MN 55118. Duties include checking a dozen bluebird boxes once/week starting May 1st for a minimum of 12 weeks. One line abbreviated notes are taken and summarized at the end of the year to report … Read more

Wetland Monitoring Opportunity

By Anne Hanley

Hennepin County is seeking citizen scientists to gather data about the health of wetlands in their communities. Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP) volunteers will work with other citizen scientists to monitor bugs and plants in wetlands. No experience is required, but an interest in wetlands, bugs and/or plants is encouraged. Hennepin County provides all of … Read more

Red-Headed Woodpecker Recovery

By Matthew Schaut

Final Report for MRVAC for 2017 Summer Research Season By Keith Olstad, Convener, Research Team, RHWO Recovery Project, (612) 940-1534 Last December, our Red-headed Woodpecker (RHWO) Recovery research team submitted a grant application to the Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter. Our primary request was for funds to defray expenses for increased volunteer and professional field-work to … Read more

World Migratory Bird Day Event at the Refuge

By Anne Hanley

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge will debut the Discover Nature App, a new mobile guide and trivia game, during World Migratory Bird Day festivities Saturday, May 12, at the Refuge. The Discover Nature App guides visitors as they explore three units of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, providing points of interest and information on … Read more