MRVAC-funded pollinator garden update: Jefferson High School

By Lee Ann Landstrom Board Member A small crew of helpers has been faithfully watering the new garden all the blistering hot summer.  Jefferson High folks planted the garden during the early June…

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Update on MRVAC-funded pollinator garden at Normandale Hills Elementary

By Lee Ann Landstrom Board member The project manager says the plants are in “good shape overall”! There was some die-off from improper planting and heat stress, but she says at least two-thirds of…

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September program: Biodiversity & Research in the Sax-Zim Bog

Research at the Sax-Zim Bog includes surveying Golden-winged Warblers and owls, and supporting those who study specific species in the bog.  But it’s more than that, Clinton Dexter-Nienhaus, the…

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Want to help? Monitor Burnsville bluebird houses

By Nikki Pyle The city of Burnsville needs a volunteer to monitor bluebird houses. I am Nikki Pyle, a Gold Medal award Girl Scout. For my Gold Medal project I built 12 bluebird houses using a MRVAC…

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2021 MRVAC Birding Weekend slated for Aug. 21-22

By Bob Williams One of MRVAC’s main missions is conservation education, especially youth education.  The COVID-19 pandemic has put a crimp in our usual “Bird-a-thon” fundraiser, so we’re scheduling…

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MRVAC-funded pollinator gardens underway

By Lee Ann Landstrom, Board Member Rain and pollinator gardens in three Bloomington schools are in place this summer, thanks to contributors to the Minnesota Valley Audubon Chapter’s grants program.…

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Link to: May MRVAC Program Recording — Vultures, the vet’s drugs and the environment

Vultures are essential for ecosystem health because of their role in removing animal carcasses from the environment.  But many threats are propelling the global vulture population decline.  Are…

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Spring Bird-a-thon: It’s happening now!

By Bob Williams MRVAC Board Member and Bird-a-thon Coordinator This year we are introducing a new format for our spring fundraiser, formally known as the Bird-a-thon. GiveMN has initiated a spring…

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If you like the Sax-Zim bog, you’ve gotta see this!

In a beautiful new short film, Tomas Koeck takes you on a tour of what makes the boreal forest -- and our own Sax-Zim bog -- so special. The National Audubon Society and the folks who work…

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Link to: April MRVAC Program — Waterbird Use of the North Ottawa Impoundment

Here's the link to the April MRVAC program, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Christine Herwig talk about  waterbird use at the North Ottawa Impoundment.  Christine is assistant regional…

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