Zumbro Valley Audubon believes connecting with people is our top priority. Our monthly programs are open to the public and free of charge. 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). Mark your calendar and come on out!



Our Fall Sparrow field trip to the Kalmar Reservoir on Saturday the 27th was led by John Hockema and Jerry Pruett. We didn't find anything unusual there, but did hear that a Nelsons was spotted at the South Reservoir later that same day.

The team at Kalmar found: Nashville Warbler, Sedge Wrens, Marsh Wrens, Bobolinks,
Common Yellowthroats, Swamp Sparrows, Song Sparrow, Savannah Sparrows, Pipit, Mourning Dove, Lincolns Sparrow, Northern Harrier, Sora Rail, Bald Eagle, Great Blue Heron, Gold Finch, Pelican, Eastern Meadowlarks, Canada Geese, Killdeer, Yellow Rumped Warblers, Shoveler Ducks, Blue Wing Teal, and Wood ducks. Jerry also spotted a Peregrin Falcon on the west side of the reservoir shortly before the walk began.


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Red Tail Hawk Walk At Quarry Hill

Date: Sat., October 4, 2014
Time: 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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Our Birds, Our Climate, Our Choices
with speaker: Matthew Anderson, Director of Audubon Minnesota

Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Time: 7-8 pm
Place: Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Science Center 2900 19th St NW, Rochester, MN 55901 (Between Lourdes HS & the RAC)

The Audubon Birds and Climate Change Report is a first-of-its-kind study that predicts how climate change could affect the ranges of 588 North American birds and the results are shocking: Nearly half of the bird species in the continental U.S. and Canada are seriously threatened by 2080. Learn more at this important presentation.

If you can't attend, you can see the full report at www.climate.audubon.org

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ZVAS Monthly Program
In Defense of Crows with speaker Clay Christensen

Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Time: 7-8 pm
Place: Quarry Hill Nature Center
This event is best for adults and teens

Think you know all about crows? In this talk Minnesota author and birder Clay Christensen introduces us to Minnesota's corvid family, with emphasis on the American crow. We'll discuss their "dark side," learn about their enemies, and get the latest on the case for crow intelligence. Clay will be assisted by his "prop" crow, Colby. Don't miss this fun and enlightening look at an often misunderstood bird.

Click for pdf of this event

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Ruby Crowned Kinglet Walk At Quarry Hill

Date: Sat., November 1, 2014
Time: 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


Tundra Swan Field Trip

Date: Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

Time: 8am - mid afternoon
This event is best for serious birders / adults and older teens who want to learn about birds

Meet at the east side parking lot of the Heintz Center in Rochester at 8am to car pool.  Travel thru La Crescent and down the Mississippi to Brownsville to see THOUSANDS of Tundra Swans and other waterfowl. Trip will return early afternoon.  Bring your own lunch or eat at a Subway sandwich shop before returning to Rochester. 

Photo by Jerry Pruett

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Ecuadorian Birding Tour - Audubon Minnesota and Tiny Footprint Coffee

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Dec 13 - 12pm - Dec 21 2014 -12pm

Audubon Minnesota and Tiny Footprint Coffee in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota are partnering with Mindo Cloudforest Foundation to offer a remarkable bird-watching tour and fundraising opportunity. Click here for details.

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