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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Nine people took part on our field trip to Hok-Si-La park and the Frontenac area today, including a young man from Sweden (who proved to be the best person in our group at spotting). Birders were everywhere ... the birds were more challenging to find and stayed high in the trees. The normally marshy areas were completely dry which likely made a difference in what we saw...but we still managed to come up with 68 species between us! The complete list of what we found is on our Facebook page.

Free Summer programs for families with kids - click here for details.
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Quarry Hill Nature Center Bird Walk
Wednesday, May 20
9 am - 10
Leaders: Terry & Joyce Grier

Meet at the Nature Center to look for warblers and other interesting spring migrants. Bring binoculars if you have them, some are available to borrow from the nature center.
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ZVAS Monthly Program at Cascade Meadows -
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Tuesday, May 26
6:30 - 8 pm at Cascade Meadows Wetlands & Environmental Science Center
2900 19th St NW, Rochester, MN 55901

Stormwater: As our community grows, so must or commitment to protecting and improving the quality of our water resources. Our lakes, rivers, and wetlands help make Rochester one of the nations’ most livable communities. Megan Duffey Moeller, Stormwater Educator for the City of Rochester, will let us know how we can “Keep it Clean” for not only ourselves, but also for wildlife like damselflies and dragonflies. Followed by:

Damsels & Dragons of Wisconsin and Minnesota:
Dan Jackson is an avid birder and also a wildlife photographer and dragonfly enthusiast who spends countless hours in the field. Dan’s presentation is designed to be a fun, informative introduction to the insect order Odonata which includes dragonflies and damselflies.

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ZVAS Goldfinch Bird Walk -
Saturday, June 6
9 am at Quarry Hill Nature Center 
Leaders: Terry & Joyce Grier

Join members of Zumbro Valley Audubon on a casual walk thru Quarry Hill Park to view the birds. Bring binoculars if you have them, some are available to borrow from the nature center. Dress for the weather. Families and children are welcome. Come and stay for any length of time. The walks usually last about one hour. Free and open to the public with no registration required.

Damsels and Dragons at Chester Woods
Sunday, June 21
3 - 5 pm

Leader: Joel Dunnette

Dragonflies and damselflies are amazing creatures – ferocious predators, fantastic flyers, with incredible body shapes and a distinctive life cycle. Join us at 3 pm at the kiosk near the boat landing to search for and catch specimens to examine and learn more about. Families with kids are welcome to this fun activity.  Click for flier of this event

Note: a County Park Sticker or daily pass is required for entry to the park. Click here for more info about Chester Woods.



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