We believe in connecting with people with nature. Our monthly programs are FREE and open to the public. Meetings are usually held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Quarry Hill Nature Center. Our speakers give presentations about a wide range of topics (not just birds). Check our program listing, mark your calendar and come on out!


Our 2015 Annual Report is now available. Thank you to all the volunteers and patrons who make it possible for our organization to provide programs that help connect people to nature. Please consider making a donation to help us pay for speakers, educational materials and more using the links in the green bar at left.

April 29, 2016 - ZVAS at Arbor Day. Thanks to Bill, Greg, Terry and Joyce for running the 'bird wheels of fortune' at today's Arbor Day event. LOTS of kids guessing and learning about birds.

April 29, 2016 - Red-headed Woodpecker sighted in Indian Heights Park! It could just be chance. Or the buckthorn clearing efforts at Indian Heights park, to restore some of the original savanna character, may be paying off. If you are birding at Indian Heights, consider logging your sightings at eBird.org. It will help document changes due to the restoration work. __________________________________________________________________________

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Trashion - April 28, 2016 The first Annual Trashiopn Event at the Wicked Moose in Rochester was a great success. Models created their outfits out of recycled materials and raised money for clean water initiatives. This event was created by Aveda (a long time supporter of Audubon), and Serenity Couture, plus several others. Thank you very much to everyone you made this event possible, including Katie Burns who spoke on behalf of MN Audubon! See more photos here.

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magnolia   Lunch With The Birds at Kutzky Park - 213 13th Ave NW, Rochester, MN
Tuesday, May 3 & Thursday, May 5
Noon - 1:15 pm  / Leader: Lance Vrieze

Located less than a half-mile from both St. Marys Hospital and the Mayo Building, Kutzky Park comes alive with migrating warblers, vireos, orioles, and more every May.  Join us for a casual noon-time walk at the peak of migration. Arrive and leave as your schedule requires. We will start at the picnic shelter at 12:00.  Later arrivals can locate the group along the creek between 11th and 16th Ave NW.  Everyone invited.


ZVAS Monthly Bird Walk at Quarry Hill Nature Center
9 am Saturday, May 7, 2016 
Leader: Terry & Joyce Grier

Join us on a casual walk thru Quarry Hill Park. Bring binoculars if you have them, some are available to borrow from the nature center. Dress for the weather. Families and children are welcome. Stay for any length of time. Walks usually last about one hour. Free and open to the public - no registration required.


Hok-Si-La Park Field Trip - Lake City, MN
Sunday, May 8
8 am - mid afternoon  / Leader: Terry & Joyce Grier

Meet at 8 am at the east parking lot of the Heintz Center to car pool to Lake City.  Located along the Mississippi River, Hok-Si-La is a magnet for migrating birds.  Bring a snack or a bag lunch.  We will return midafternoon.
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ZVAS Monthly Program at Quarry Hill Nature Center
National Audubon's Best Kept Secret presented by Kristin Hall
Tuesday, May24, 2016 from 7 - 8 pm

Want to know how to magically produce lots of birds? Are there any such places nearby? The answer is YES, and our speaker this month will tell you where they are and all about them. Kristin Hall, Conservation Manager for Audubon MN, will let you in on the little known secret of Minnesota’s 57 Important Bird Areas (IBAs), 13 of which are globally significant. She’ll tell us how they came to be and why they are so vital to our birds. The IBA program, coordinated by BirdLife International and administered in the US by Audubon, is a great way recognize and celebrate the fact that MN is home to a diverse and critical array of habitats for birds and wildlife. Click for flier of this event

Hayden Prairie Field Trip - Chester, Iowa
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
5:15 - 9 pm  / Leader: Joel Dunnette

Hayden Prairie is famed for its show of flowers in early summer. This 240 acre tallgrass prairie is just a tiny part of the vast prairies that once covered our area. We should see thousands of Shooting Stars and many other prairie wildflowers, as well as a good assortment of prairie dependent birds. Meet at the NW part of the Fleet Farm parking lot, 4891 Maine Ave SE, Rochester to carpool. We will plan to leave at 5:15 pm. You may want to eat dinner during the hour drive south to Hayden Prairie. Dress for the weather and hiking through prairie vegetation. We will return by 9pm or a bit earlier.

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