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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Sax-Zim Bog Field Trip - Feb. 6, 2016 - We didn’t see a single owl, but we found plenty of birds. The sky was overcast with just a few breaks of sunshine, but with temps in the 30s and moderate winds, no one was complaining. All twelve of us were very grateful to the volunteers and birders of the Sax-Zim Bog area who maintain the many feeders we visited in the area. Thanks also to Clifford Hansen for organizing the trip, and our drivers Sam Petrie, Brendan Lanpher, Casey  Funk and Dana Funk.  Click here to view some photos:  

Birds we found in the bog area – 19 species*:
Blue Jay, Pine Grosbeak, Gray Jay, Crow, Black capped Chickadee, Red Breasted Nuthatch, Ruffed Grouse, Raven, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Redpoll, Evening Grosbeak (photo above by Brendan Lanpher), Pine Siskin, Snow Bunting, Boreal Chickadee, White Breasted Nuthatch, Northern Shrike, Ringed-neck Duck, Bald Eagle

*When Brendan reviewed his Snow Bunting photos he found a Lapland Longspur in the flock – so that makes 20… we just didn’t know it until later!
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ZVAS Monthly Program at Quarry Hill Nature Center

The Birds of Cuba presented by Carrol Henderson
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 7 - 8 pm

Carrol Henderson and his wife Ethelle have led four field trips to survey birds in the national parks and protected areas of Cuba, which has more endemic bird species than the Galapagos Islands! Cuba is host to an impressive array of colorful birds like the Cuban Trogon, and the Bee Hummingbird, the smallest bird in the world. Carrol is a nationally-recognized professional wildlife biologist and author who specializes in the conservation of nongame wildlife and endangered species. He currently heads up the Nongame Wildlife Program for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Click for flier of this event

Photo of the Cuban Tody by Beth Siverhus.
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ZVAS Monthly Bird Walk at Quarry Hill Nature Center
9 am Saturday, March 5, 2016 
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.


International Owl Festival in Houston, MN
Friday - Sunday, March 4 - 6, 2016 

If you've never been to this festival before it's time to take a road trip - you'll have a hoot! And be sure to visit the Zumbro Valley Audubon booth on Saturday between 9am - 4pm. Get all the festival details here: www.festivalofowls.com/

Did you know you can see 10 different species of owls in Minnesota? Learn more here.


ZVAS Monthly Program at Quarry Hill Nature Center
7 - 8 pm Tuesday, March 22,2016

Spring is Here! - presented by Gary Erickson

By March we are all tired of winter and looking forward to the wildflowers & spring birds. Gary Erickson’s presentation will highlight the spring wildflowers and birds that arrive in March - mid May. Click for flier of this event

Photo of yellow-bellied Sapsucker by Gary Erickson


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