It’s citizen science at the most interesting, and the Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter needs your help.  There’s food involved, too!

The Bloomington Christmas Bird Count will be Dec. 17, 2022. Counting generally is attempting to do a census of all the birds seen and heard in a count area. There are 20 areas within Bloomington’s count circle, which centers on the intersection of Hwy. 13 and Hwy. 77.  MRVAC and could use a few more counters to ensure full coverage. If you’re interested in participating, please fill out this participant questionnaire, which will help us distribute counters evenly:  2022 Bloomington CBC Participant Questionnaire. It should only take a few minutes to complete.

After the count, we will gather at the Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, where folks can warm up and share results over hot soup, hot dishes, and hot drinks. We will provide soup, coffee, and tea. Please feel free to bring something to share, as many do. The gathering will start at 4:30 p.m. at the center, which is at 3815 American Blvd. East in Bloomington.  Enter through the side door. Contact Dave and Rita Baden at (952) 445-4353 with any questions regarding the post-count gathering.

Count results can be submitted by email, USPS mail (extra points for bird stamps), or in person at the post count gathering. Contact your count circle coordinator, Liz Stanley, at