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!


Protecting the Artic National Wildlife Refuge.

In a new video, renowned ornithologist, illustrator, and author David Sibley calls for the permanent protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. With incredible footage from photographer Florian Schulz, David Sibley describes his personal experience visiting the Arctic Refuge, and the impressive array of bird life and other wildlife that depend on this pristine landscape. View the video here https://vimeo.com/163889702. (approx 5 minutes)



July 9, 2016 - We had near perfect conditions on Saturday for our Annual Butterfly count in the Rochester area. Surveyed areas included Quarry Hill, Northern Hills Prarie, Assisi Heights, Haverhill, Essex Park, EastSide (Cty 9) Marsh, Chester Woods and more. Many thanks to Joel Dunnette for organizing and leading the count ... and helping us get the gator "unstuck" in Chester Woods. .. and to all the volunteers - including Ruthann Y, Patty T, Anna L, Sarah L, Sandy H and more ) for helping with the footwork... we couldn't do it without you! We'll post the official count results later this month when all the sheets are tabulated. Click to see more pictures. Visit our Facebook album to see even more

UPDATE JULY 15, 2016: the official counts are in! We identified species 39 species this year (our second best year) Ttotal number of individuals counted was 580 which is slightly better than an average year. The monarch count was down from 153 individuals in 2015 to just 36 individuals this year. The highest count for monarchs we’ve had in the 18 years of doing the survey was 233 in 2007. The lowest count was just 11 in 2004. Click here for all the details:

Nature in Your Neighborhood programs - click here for details.

Hometown Habitat - stories of bringing nature home
Monday, July 18
6:30 - 8:30 pm in the Rochester Public Library Auditorium

Hometown Habitat is an environmental education documentary film focused on showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems. Hometown Habitat features renowned entomologist Dr. Douglas Tallamy, whose research, books and lectures on the use of non-native plants in landscaping, sound the alarm about habitat and species loss. Tallamy provides the narrative thread that challenges the notion that humans are here and nature is someplace else. Inspiring stories of community commitment to conservation landscaping illustrate Tallamy’s vision by showing how humans and nature can co-exist with mutual benefits. A facilitated discussion will follow the film.

Free and open to the public - space is limited. This event is co-sponsored by ZVAS, Prairie Smoke and the Rochester Public Library.

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Bug Out at Chester Woods Park
Sunday, July 24
3 - 5 pm  / Leader: Joel Dunnette

Summer is a time of abundance, particularly for insects. Their diversity and beauty is amazing, yet usually overlooked. Join us at 3pm to search the prairie and woods of Chester Woods for as many as we can find. We will see up close dragonflies, butterflies, bugs, beetles, and more. Bring your kids, as this will be an active, fun search that will need their keen eyes and youthful enthusiasm. Check the sign posted at the entry station for the picnic shelter where we will meet Note: Vehicles entering the park are required to display either an annual or daily entrance permit.

There will NOT be a program at Quarry Hill in July.

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

Join us on a casual walk thru Quarry Hill Park. Bring binoculars if you have them, some are available to borrow from the nature center. Dress for the weather. Families and children are welcome. Stay for any length of time. Walks usually last about one hour. Free and open to the public - no registration required

ZVAS Monthly Program at Quarry Hill Nature Center
Tagging Monarch Butterflies with Pamela Meyer
Tuesday, August 23
6:30 - 7:30 pm 

Join us as we learn about the fascinating Monarch Butterfly as it prepares for its long journey back to Mexico. After a short indoor presentation, we will have a hands-on experience of tagging and releasing these incredible creatures.

Chimney Swift Sit
Friday, August 26
7:45 - 9 pm in the St. Pius X Catholic Church Parking Lot
1315 12th Ave NW, Rochester, MN 55901

Chimney Swifts gather in large number each fall as they migrate south and create fabulous displays when they enter a chimney each night to roost. Bring a lawn chair and binoculars to watch as (hopefully) hundreds of Chimney Swifts enter the chimney to roost for the night. From this location we can also see a chimney roost at the John Marshal High School - so we may observe both locations. Rain date is Saturday, August 27.
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Planting With Natives Seminar -
sponsored by Sargents Landscape Nursery

Tuesday August 30, 2016
Location: Cascade Meadows - 2900 19th St NW, Rochester MN 55091

6:00 - 8:30 pm

An evening to learn about native plants. Guest speakers include Megan Moeller, Joel Dunnette, Senator Carla Nelson, and Jeff Feece.


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