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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!

NEWS
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The Chickadee Walk

September is a great time to look for migrating warblers and 16 people enjoyed a morning walk at Quarry Hill on Saturday, Sept 6. Led by Terry and Joyce Grier we saw several birds around the pond and then the group split into two, with some heading up into the oak savannah area and the rest heading back toward the nature center.

Birds sighted included:
Chickadees (of course), ruby throated hummingbird, a great blue heron, a flock of blue wing teal, a killdeer, mallards, several robins and cedar waxwings feasting on berries, a house wren, cardinals, white breasted nuthatches, several blue jays, goldfinches, an oriole, a rose breasted grosbeak, tennessee warblers, a great crested flycatcher, and two red eyed vireos.

See you Oct 4th for the Red Tail Hawk Walk!

SEPTEMBER PROGRAMS
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ZVAS Monthly Program
604 Species and Tons of Fun with speaker
Laura Erickson!

Date: Tuesday, Sept 23, 2014 from 7-8 pm


Place: Quarry Hill Nature Center
This event is best for adults and teens.

Duluth, MN birder and author, Laura Erickson, will talk about her experiences and travels around the US on her "Big Year" in 2013. Laura has written 7 books, and is the 2014 recipient of the Americam Birding Association's highest honor, the Roger Tory Peterson Award. To find out more about Laura, read her blog at lauraerickson.blogspot.com. Click for pdf of this event

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Fall Sparrow Field Trip

Date: Saturday, Sept 27, 2014


Time: 8am - ? (for as long as we keep seeing good stuff!)
Place: Kalmar Reservoir
This event is best for serious birders / adults and older teens who want to learn about birds

Led by 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 8 AM.  Bring water-proof footwear as the grass will probably be quite wet.

OCTOBER PROGRAMS
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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

Poster of this event

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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

NOVEMBER PROGRAMS
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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

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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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