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

  • October 25, 2018, 8:30 am: Ney Nature Center & Sibley County Birding Day
  • October 27, 2018, 8:00 am: Bird Walks on the Refuge - Bass Ponds
  • October 29, 2018, 8:00 am: Bird Walks on the Refuge - Bass Ponds
  • November 15, 2018, 7:00 pm: 2018 Holiday Auction

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.

October 25: Wildlife on the Edge – Conservation in New Zealand

Presented by Jordana Whyte: Trustee, New Zealand Sea Lion Trust  New Zealand is home to some of the world’s most unique and endangered wildlife. After relocating several years ago, “Kiwi-sotan” Jordana Whyte threw herself into conservation in her new hometown of Dunedin, known as the Wildlife Capital of New Zealand, on the South Island. She … Read more

September 27: How to find the rare and unexpected birds

Presented by Ben Douglas, http://bigdouglas.blogspot.com In 2017, Ben Douglas found 243 species in Washington County, including 3 first and second county records. He will share stories that draw upon previous experience including his 2018 State Park Big Year where he visited all 73 State Parks and Recreation Areas in just 7 months. Ben will explain his … Read more

Help raise educational funds! What could you donate?

Holiday Auction: November 15, 2018 Please think about what donations you could collect for the fundraising auction Thursday November 15 – or if you can join our auction team.  We could especially use a few larger items like a boat trip, use of a cabin, a homemade dinner or a special adventure.  Please email the … Read more


Tim Leahy Passed Away this Spring


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


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

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