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!


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Oct 17, 2014: Kirk Payne, one of the Naturalists at Quarry Hill, demonstrates banding techniques on a Saw-Whet Owl, Minnesota's smallest owl. Each year the staff at Quarry Hill try to capture and band these birds as they pass through our area in an effort to better understand their migration. On this night 2 owls were caught in the mist net and banded. For more info about their next owl banding class on Oct 31st, visit http://qhnc.org/

Photo by Denise Dupras

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Nearly 60 people attended "Our Birds, Our Climate, Our Choices on October 14th to hear Matthew Anderson, Director of Audubon Minnesota talk about the Audubon Birds and Climate Change Report. KTTC also covered the event and their report can be viewed here. You can also learn more about this important subject at www.climate.audubon.org.


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.

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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

ZVAS Monthly Program
OWLS with speaker Karla Bloem

Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Time: 7-8 pm
Place: Quarry Hill Nature Center

Karla is the Executive Director of the Internal Owl Center in Houston, MN. She will bring one or more of her feathered co-workers to this presention about owls, the Owl Center, and its mission of making the world a better place for owls through education and research.

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