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

  • December 15, 2018, All Day Event: Bloomington CBC
  • December 15, 2018, All Day Event: Excelsior CBC
  • December 15, 2018, 4:30 pm: Potluck Soup Supper
  • December 16, 2018, All Day Event: Cedar Creek Bog CBC
  • December 29, 2018, 6:00 pm: Year-End Dinner: Audubon Center of the North Woods
  • December 31, 2018, 6:30 pm: Owl Prowl: International Owl Center (Houston, MN)
  • January 17, 2019, All Day Event: Sax/Zim Birding Days: January 17-18
  • January 26, 2019, 6:30 pm: Owl Prowl: International Owl Center (Houston, MN)

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.

November 15: Holiday Auction

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

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

‘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

MRVAC News

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

Treasurer’s Report: September, 2018

By Walt Stull

Here are the 2017-2018 fiscal year donations from MRVAC to organizations that support our goals of fostering a love of nature in children, improving bird habitat or supporting bird science.  Audubon Center of the North Woods: $3000 for scholarships for residential K-12 school visits and summer camp  Five Hawks Elementary School: $225 to establish a Chickadee Landing … Read more

Matthew’s Musings – September-October

By Matthew Schaut

One of the pleasures of serving on the MRVAC Board is encountering interesting, kind people. A very recent encounter included meeting with a recently bereaved woman and her son to receive a generous donation in the memory of her husband Tim Leahy who had long valued MRVAC. To everyone’s surprise, it turned out that our … Read more

Matthew’s Musings: July/August

By Matthew Schaut

It’s hard to know, but the world may have ended the day the uber-handsome Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, bought the moribund Kinder-Morgan pipeline for 4.5 billion dollars. Part of me hopes he did it in order to shut it down. The rest of me suspects he has revealed that Canada is a petro … Read more