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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Monarch tagging at Quarry Hill - August 25, 2015. This month's program at Quarry Hill Nature Center featured a presentation about Monarch butterflies by expert Pamela Meyer, Director of Quarry Hill. A large group of kids and adults (150+) came to learn about these fascinating creatures and nearly everyone was able to hold and release one of the butterflies. Many thanks to Pamela, Joel Dunnette, Dave Moehnke and the many other volunteers who helped catch the butterflies and document the tag numbers for this event and future research. Click here to view more photos on our FaceBook page.

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Meadowlark Restorations Field Trip. On August 8 Scott Leddy of Meadowlark restorations led us on a field trip around some of the bluff and sand prairies he is working on restoring in the Rushford, MN area. It's back-breaking work, but well worth the effort. Plant diversity in these areas is amazing and that also means more insects, birds and reptiles. We are all very appreciative of the work Scott and his team are doing - along with the landowners who are making it all possible. Click here to see more photos on our facebook page.

Free Summer programs for families with kids - click here for details.
Nature in Your Neighborhood programs - click here for details.

Monarch Tagging at Northern Hills Prairie in Rochester
Tuesday, Sept 1, 4 - 6 pm
Jointly hosted by Quarry Hill Naturalists and ZVAS

Nets will be available to help capture monarchs, which will then be tagged and released. Northern Hills Prairie is located ay 3694 Nottingham Dr NW in Rochester - just east of the Think Mutual Bank Headquarters building.


Counting Chimney Swifts - Citizen Science Project
Dates and locations to choose from:

Saturday, August 29 - Aprox 7:00 - 8:00 at Kellogg Middle School In Rochester - Parking lot behind the school

Saturday, August 29 - Aprox 7:00 - 8:00 at the St Pius Church/school parking lot (1 block east of John Marshall High School) at 1315 12th Ave NW.

Sunday, August 30 - Aprox 7:00 - 8:00 at Root River Trail Inn in Preston, MN This location has been seeing 500+ swifts per night

Every year between late July and early September we call upon any and all Chimney Swift fans to find a roost and enjoy an evening outside estimating/counting swifts as they enter the nighttime roost. An Audubon volunteer will be on site. Dress for the weather. Plan to arrive about 20 minutes before sundown and bring a lawn chair and binoculars. The Root River location has been seeing 500+ swifts per night

Click here to learn more about Swift "Sits".

Photo by Jim Willams


ZVAS Chickadee Bird Walk at Quarry Hill Nature Center
Saturday, September 5 at 9 am 
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.
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Willow Creek Reservoir Walk -
Commemorating the life of Anne Marie Plunkett

Saturday, September 19 from 9 - 11:30 am 
Leader: Lance Vrieze

This remembrance walk at Willow Creek Reservoir ( 1400 Lone Pine Drive SW, Rochester - just north of the Rochester Airport) is free and open to all. It is an approximately two mile hike around the reservoir on mowed paths. Willow Creek Reservoir was constructed around 1989, and soon after Anne Marie documented 205 species there in just two years' time - quite a list for a single person in a single location in such a short time. She wrote, "Each day that I went to the reservoir was like a mini vacation - secure and peaceful, and never knowing what I might find there."  We'll share some memories and stories about Anne Marie (who passed away in July) and see how the birds compare to what she observed 25 years ago.

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ZVAS Monthly Program at Quarry Hill Nature Center

Storyteller - Al Batt
Tuesday, September 22, 7 - 8 pm

You’re invited to an evening of funny and heartwarming stories as told by Al Batt of rural Hartland, MN. Al writes humor and nature columns for many newspapers and does regular radio shows about nature. He writes a number of popular cartoon strips that are syndicated nationally and is author of the book, “A Life Gone to the Birds.” He is a columnist for “Bird Watcher’s Digest” and writes for a number of magazines and books. Click for flier of this event


Fall Sparrow Field Trip
Saturday, September 26
7:30 am - mid morning
Leaders: Jerry Pruett and John Hockema

Late September is a great time to look for migrating sparrows.  We should see White-crowned, Lincolns, White-throated, Savannah, Vesper sparrows and with a little luck we may pick up Nelson’s Sharp-tailed, LeContes and Harris’s sparrows as well.   We’ll meet in the parking lot on the east side of the Kalmar Reservoir (East Landfill Reservoir) just off of 19 ST NW and Valleyview CT. about 2 miles west of the Rochester Athletic Club at 7:30 AM.  Bring water-proof footwear as the grass will probably be quite wet.


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