February 25, 2021 program

Join MRVAC members and guests Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. to hear Dr. Jonathan Slaght (rhymes with “cat”), the  Minnesota author who recently published the Times Nature Book of the Year, Owls of the Eastern Ice.  Dr. Slaght will take us on his adventure – part of his Ph.D. dissertation fieldwork – into the Siberian winter to find, study, and hopefully save the world’s largest and most elusive owl.

The book is rich in details about the dense forests of the Russian Far east – Amur tigers, frozen rivers, radioactive hot springs – and the Blakiston’s Fish Owl, a subgroup of eagle owls that specialize in hunting in riparian areas, including grabbing fish from holes in the river ice.  Dr. Slaght is a talented writer who profiles the colorful characters – hermits and fellow fieldworkers alike – with whom he worked.  He provides details birders find fascinating, including how to trap a 10-pound nocturnal raptor for study.  He is a wildlife biologist and author working for the Wildlife Conservation Society as its Russia & Northeast Asia Coordinator.


April MRVAC Program: North Ottawa Impoundment

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Miesville Ravine in Dakota County

27970 Orlando Trail, Cannon Falls, MN (North parking Lot)

Join us to explore Dakota County's least know county park. Target birds include Cerulean warbler, Acadian flycatcher, Scarlet Tanager, and Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Bring a lunch if you want to stat for the afternoon birding. Moderate effort- some walking on trails. Contact Steve at 612-978-3993 with questions.


Refuge Bird Watching Treks

Join us for a bird walk on one of the many Refuge units. Learn which species of birds use the Refuge as a migratory stop and those that call the Refuge home for the summer nesting season. Birders of all skill levels are welcome. Bring binoculars, your favorite field guide and dress appropriately for the weather. Led by Craig Mandel, volunteer Refuge Naturalist. Reservations are not required for Refuge Bird Watching Treks.


Refuge Bird Watching Treks

Join us for a bird walk on one of the many Refuge units. Learn which species of birds use the Refuge as a migratory stop and those that call the Refuge home for the summer nesting season. Birders of all skill levels are welcome. Bring binoculars, your favorite field guide and dress appropriately for the weather. Led by Craig Mandel, volunteer Refuge Naturalist. Reservations are not required for Refuge Bird Watching Treks.


Morrison County Birding Days

Morrison County Birding Days
$25/MRVAC members
#35/non-MRVAC members

Meeting Locations: Little Falls MN

We will have two days to hit many of the key birding locations in Morrison County. Some of which are: Charles Lindberg State Park, Belle Prairie County Park, Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, a few WMAs and a couple water treatment ponds. With luck there will be some early fall migrants and still some nesting birds feeding young. Please contact Craig to register for this field trip.


Refuge Bird Watching Treks

Join us for a bird walk on one of the many Refuge units. Learn which species of birds use the Refuge as a migratory stop and those that call the Refuge home for the summer nesting season. Birders of all skill levels are welcome. Bring binoculars, your favorite field guide and dress appropriately for the weather. Led by Craig Mandel, volunteer Refuge Naturalist. Reservations are not required for Refuge Bird Watching Treks.


Central Minnesota Birding Days

$25/MRVAC members
$35/non-MRVAC members
Meeting location: Alexandria, MN (6:30 AM)

On this two-day trip, we will be exploring many of Douglas and Todd Counties hotspots. With Lake Osakis and Lake Carlos State park being a couple of my favorites. There will be lots of lakes and woodlands to explore and a few wastewater treatment ponds to check as well. There should be some Shorebirds to study and maybe a few early migrant Warblers. Please contact Craig to register for this field trip.