Annual MRVAC Auction – Great Success

Over 45 people attended the annual MRVAC auction last night.  They enjoyed a lot of back-and-forth bidding for a number of great items.  A few highlights were bids made on custom dinners two of our…

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Northern Saw-whet Owl Migration Study

Jen Vieth, Executive Director at the Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, will discuss the migration habits of the Northern Saw-whet Owl.  talk includes photos of birds at their nests and…

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Birds of Western Ecuador: A Photographic Guide

by Nick Athanas & Paul J Greenfield. Princeton University, 2016 Review by Anne Hanley If you are planning a trip to Western Ecuador, you should check out this field guide. If you’ve never birded…

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The Genius of Birds

by Jennifer Ackerman. Penguin Press, 2016 Review by Anne Hanley If you enjoyed the David Attenborough Life of Birds episode about the Bower birds’ decorating skills or the Nature show describing…

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Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer

by Peter P. Marra and Chris Santella. Princeton University Press, 2016. Review by Mark Lystig Cats in America are an invasive species. Like other invasive species, free-roaming (feral and pet) cats…

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Life is Good: Pass it On!

Support the outdoors by supporting candidates who do, too By Don Arnosti  A Minnesota fall – it doesn’t get any better than this. Warm days, cool evenings, fall leaves coming on. Canadian cold fronts…

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117th Christmas Bird Count (CBC): December 17 & 18

MRVAC members encouraged to participate! You are invited to join us for the 117th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. All levels of experience are welcome. Young birders with good eyes and ears are…

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Book Review: Birds of New Guinea

by Bruce M. Beehler & Thane K. Pratt Book review by Mark N. Lystig  One of the (many) delights of amateur birdwatching is the opportunity to learn more about where to find the birds, why you find…

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Two Bluebird Monitor Positions Open

Monitors wanted for next spring at two established Birdbird Recovery Project bluebird trails: Southview Golf Course in West St Paul and TPC Golf Course in Blaine. Training will be provided. In both…

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Sweating the Details: Buffer Battles

By Don Arnosti Summer is upon us and we all revel in getting outdoors to enjoy warm weather, time off and our favorite outdoor pursuits. The cycle of nature that is on full display here in the North…

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