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!

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Brown Creeper

January 7, 2017 - It was a chilly morning for our monthly bird walk at Quarry Hill... and as expected most birds were found close to the Nature Center. We found 13 species, including Red Tailed Hawk, Northern Cardinals, House Sparrows, Juncos, Chickadees, White breatsed Nuthatches, Downy & Hairy Woodpeckers, A Red Bellied WP, one White-throated Sparrow, three Tree Sparrows and our best find was a Brown Creeper - which we watched from the warmth of the bird room after our short hike around the park.


Note to all Zumbro Valley Audubon members: In late January you will receive a postcard about changes we are proposing for our Bylaws. Read more about the changes and when you can vote on them here.


ZVAS Monthly Program at Quarry Hill Nature Center
Cougars - Are You Ready For Some New Neighbors? / Presented by Michelle LaRue

Tuesday, January 24
from 7 - 8 pm

Mountain lions, cougars, pumas, catamounts; whatever you call them, they are now being seen again in Minnesota. Can we live together? Dr. Michelle LaRue, a Research Associate with the University of Minnesota and Executive Director of the Cougar Network, will talk to us about cougar range expansion in the United States and what that means for our ecosystems and the communities who have been living without cougars for more than 100 years.

ZVAS Monthly Bird Walk -
Saturday, February 4, 2017
9 am at Quarry Hill Nature Center / Leaders: 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.

Recovery of Henslow's Sparrows at Great River Bluffs State Park
Thursday, February 16, 2017
7pm at Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center
2900 19th Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901

Speaker: Raymond Faber, Ph.D. Professor of Biology at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Faber has studied Henslow's sparrows at Great River Bluffs State Park (GRBSP) since 1994 and recommended habitat modifications that were successful in restoring a resident population. Henslow's sparrows are on Minnesota's list of endangered species and are found in only a few locations in the state. They have traditionally been found at GRBSP since its establishment, but disappeared in the early 1990's because of deterioration of their habitat. For more upcoming events at Cascade Meadow, please visit our events calendar online at www.smumn.edu/cascademeadow/events/


ZVAS Monthly Program at Quarry Hill Nature Center
If you love the outdoors,the time to get involved is now! - Presented by Anna Richey
Tuesday, February 28
from 7 - 8 pm

We can no longer take for granted the institutional funding for the issues we care about. But each of us can make a tremendous difference! By exercising your power as a citizen and talking with our local elected officials, you can help bring global issues down to the local level. Anna Richey, Community Coordinator for Conservation Minnesota/Audubon Minnesota, will give us tips on how to get started.

Note: A special vote on proposed changes to the ZVAS Bylaws will also take place at the beginning of this meeting.

Nature in Your Neighborhood programs - click here for details.

Advocacy - Learn how to contact your senators and
representatives to speak up for the environment.

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