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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Member Jerry Pruett shared this photo of a Leucistic Pileated Woodpecker that has been hanging around his backyard. Leucisim is a condition in which there is partial loss of pigmentation in an animal resulting in white, pale, or patchy coloration of the skin, hair, feathers, scales or cuticle, but not the eyes. Unlike albinism, it is caused by a reduction in multiple types of pigment, not just melanin. What a great find!


DECEMBER PROGRAMS
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ZVAS Annual Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, December 17, 2016
7:15 am in the west Silverlake parking lot near the former fire station
Leader: Clifford hansen

Each year teams of interested birdwatchers search for birds in designated sections of Rochester. We’ll meet at 7:15 am in the west Silver Lake parking lot (near the fire station), then take a break from noon - 1 pm at Quarry Hill Nature Center for a quick lunch and tally. More counting is done in the afternoon with a final tally held at 4:45 at Quarry Hill.

You’re invited to participate in this free event with one of our teams for part, or all of the day’s count. Be prepared for the weather, bring your own binoculars, lunch and beverages. For more information about this event email Clifford Hansen or call 507-281-0249.

JANUARY PROGRAMS
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Whitewater River Valley 21st Annual Christmas Bird Count

January 1, 2017 - Meet at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center
8 am – Noon

Join us for the 21st annual Whitewater River Valley Christmas Bird Count to explore the area’s winter wonderland on foot for short walks and/or by car to document wintering birds. Anyone with an interest in birds, regardless of birding experience, is invited to participate. Counters will meet at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center in Whitewater State Park starting at 8 am. There will be a fire in the wood stove and hot beverages and homemade treats provided. The feeders at the visitor center will be full of seeds and birds. What a great way to start the New Year! To sign up, email sara.holger@state.mn.us or call 507-932-3007 ext 226.

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ZVAS Monthly Bird Walk -
Saturday, January 7, 2017
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.
golden eagle   Annual Golden Eagle Survey - sponsored by the National Eagle Center
Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Wintering Golden Eagle Survey of the Bluffs and Coulee Region of the Upper Mississippi River Watershed, the National Eagle Center will be Saturday, January 21.  The National Eagle Center will hold several golden eagle training sessions before the count to help people gain id skills for the count.  People who have questions on the count, want to participate in the count or want to find out more about the field trips can contact Scott Mehus (E-mail - scott@nationaleaglecenter.org) or visit the web site at nationaleaglecenter.org
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ZVAS Monthly Program at Quarry Hill Nature Center
Cougars - Are You Ready For Some New Neighbors?/ Presented by Michelle LaRue


Tuesday, January 24
from 7 - 8 pm

Mountain lions, cougars, pumas, catamounts; whatever you call them, they are now being seen again in Minnesota. Can we live together? Dr. Michelle LaRue, a Research Associate with the University of Minnesota and Executive Director of the Cougar Network, will talk to us about cougar range expansion in the United States and what that means for our ecosystems and the communities who have been living without cougars for more than 100 years.

Nature in Your Neighborhood programs - click here for details.

Advocacy - Learn how to contact your senators and
representatives to speak up for the environment.

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