You are invited to join us for the 118th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC). 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 with good ID skills. Come help us count the birds!

Three counts are associated with MRVAC:

  • Bloomington CBC  – Saturday 12/16 – Contact: Bart Anderson 612-719- 6103,
  • Excelsior CBC  – Saturday 12/16 – Contacts: Howard Towle  *Call Howard no later than Dec 9 to participate
  • Cedar Creek Bog CBC  – Sunday 12/17 – Contact: Steve Weston at

Potluck Soup Supper, Saturday, 12/16

On Saturday, 12/16, gather between 4:30 and 5 pm to help set up for a potluck soup supper  at the Diamond Lake Lutheran Church, 5760 Portland Ave 55417. Juice and coffee will be available from 5 to 5:30 and the meal begins at 5:30 pm. Please bring soup, veggies, fruit, bread or dessert. Please contact Robin at 612-723-2632 or if you have soupsupper questions. You are welcome at the supper whether you counted with the Bloomington CBC or not.

The Bloomington CBC  (Saturday, Dec. 16) is centered on the Black Dog Power Plant on the Minnesota River and includes parts of Bloomington, Burnsville, Richfield, Eagan, Apple Valley, and smaller parts of other cities. If you would like to help count in this area, contact Bart Anderson (see above).

The Excelsior CBC  (Saturday, Dec. 16) is centered on the intersection of Hwys 5 and 101 in Eden Prairie and includes parts of Minnetonka, Eden Prairie, Excelsior, Chanhassen, Chaska and Shakopee. If you’d like to help count in the SW Metro area, please contact Howard Towle (see above) no later than December 9 as it is hard to rearrange the groups at the last minute.

Alternatively, you can participate in the Excelsior count by helping to cover a portion of Carver Park . Please contact Kirk Mona (the naturalist at the Lowry Nature Center) no later than December 9 if you would like to arrange to bird a specific portion of the park: Kirk Mona, Naturalist, Lowry Nature Center at 763-694-7650.

For the Cedar Creek Bog CBC  (Sunday 12/17) in northern Anoka and southern Isanti counties, please contact Steve Weston (see above). There are not expected to be many openings available to participate in this count.