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 and our speakers give presentations about a wide range of subjects (not just birds). Check our program listing, mark your calendar and come on out!


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Congratulations to ZVAS volunteers Terry (pictured above) & Joyce Grier who will be receiving an Environmental Achievement Award for their volunteer work in education at an awards banquet January 22 at the Rochester Golf & Country Club. The award is presented by Olmsted County and Rochester Public Utilities as a recognition of individuals, businesses and organizations that have made substantial contributions towards improving our communities environmental quality. Terry & Joyce were nominated by Quarry Hill Nature Center for the work they do assisting with the Bird Adaptation classes for 3rd graders and for the monthly bird walks at the park.


Junco Bird Walk at Quarry Hill

Sat., February 7, 2015
9 am for approx 1 hour
Leaders: Terry and Joyce Grier
Meet at the Nature Center, bring binoculars if you have them.
All ages welcome


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Photo by Carrol Henderson


ZVAS Monthly Program - Grasshopper Sparrows in Decline

Tues., February 24, 2015
7-8 pm at Quarry Hill Nature Center

Speaker: Lisa Harn - Grad. Research Asst. in the
Univ. of MN Conservation Biology Program

Native grasslands are one of the most endangered ecosystems in North America. The Minnesota Grasshopper Sparrow population has declined by 6.8% annually from 1966 to 2010, according to Breeding Bird Survey data. As a result, the sparrow has been identified as a species in need of conservation. Ms. Harn’s work focuses on identifying priority areas for Grasshopper Sparrows, to aid in their conservation, then determining if they can be used as an indicator species for either the health of prairie ecosystems or the presence of other grassland birds

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International Owl Festival

Friday - Sunday, March 6-8, 2015
Houston, MN

Visit the Zumbro Valley Audubon booth at the International Owl Festival on Saturday, March 7th. This incredible festival is a terrific way to learn about Minnesota owls and owls from around the world. Many events and classes are held throughout the weekend. Get all the details at www.festivalofowls.com.

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Woodpecker Bird Walk at Quarry Hill

Sat., March 7, 2015
9 am for approx 1 hour
Leaders: Terry and Joyce Grier
Meet at the Nature Center, bring binoculars if you have them.
All ages welcome

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ZVAS Monthly Program Olmsted County's Best Kept Secret -

Tues., March 24, 2015
7-8 pm at Quarry Hill Nature Center

Speaker: Tom Ryan, Olmsted County Parks Superintendent

Many people don’t even know that there are three large, wonderful parks in rural Olmsted County, along with yet another inside the Rochester City limits. Tom Ryan has seen it all during his tenure of watching over our county parks. Come hear his stories and find out what's happening out in the wooly wilds of Chester Woods, Oxbow Park, Graham Park, Root River, and more as he gives us a virtual tour of our county parks while also describing the plans for future development of our parks. There are great new possibilities afoot!

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