MRVAC Events

January 25: Penguins in the Antarctic

by Katy Shannon, Naturalist  Gentoo Penguins, courtesy of During the winter of 2015 - 2016, when the Larsen 3 ice-shelf was still intact on the Antarctic Peninsula, my son and I had the…


Holiday Auction! Thursday, November 16

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…


Give to the Max Day: November 16, 2017

'Tis the season of giving, and as you plan your charitable donations for 2017, please consider donating to MRVAC. We've partnered with to help make donations quick and easy:…


2017 Christmas Bird Count & Soup Supper: December 16-17

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…


October 26: The Greater Prairie Chicken

Presented by Greg Hoch, Minnesota DNR For ten months of the year, the Greater Prairie Chicken's drab colors allow it to disappear into the landscape. However, in April and May this grouse is one of…


September 28: Spark Birds + 50th Anniversary

Presented by Al Batt – Author, Humorist & Birder If you have heard Al before, you know you are going to be in for a treat. If you haven’t heard Al speak, plan to be here. What in the world is a…


MRVAC Meetings Resume in September

The next general MRVAC meeting with a speaker will be on September 28, 2017. In the meantime, if you need a project, think about local habitat improvements. Could you add some native plants and trees…


Red-headed Woodpecker

SPECIAL EVENT – MRVAC Day at Cedar Creek on July 8th

Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus), Dave Menke, USFWS On July 8. 9:30 – noon, you will have a unique opportunity to get a “back-stage” look at the Red-Headed Woodpecker Recover…


Ivory-billed Woodpecker

May 25: The Rarest Birds of North America

Presented Bob Russell, USFWS, Retired We'll take a look at the rarest bird species of North America from the never-photographed Semper's Warbler, to the controversial claims that the Lord God bird -…


MVNWR Bloomington Visitor Center

June 22: MRVAC 50th Anniversary Picnic

Join us as we celebrate MRVAC's 50 year anniversary! We plan on “changing up” our annual membership picnic for our 50th Anniversary. Join us on June 22nd at the Minnesota River Valley Refuge. Here…