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 and our speakers give presentations about a wide range of subjects (not just birds). Check our program listing, mark your calendar and come on out!


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ZVAS Meeting Nov 25: Karla Bloem, Executive Director of the Internal Owl Center in Houston, MN is shown here with Alice, the Great Horned Owl, at Quarry Hill Nature Center. Karla's program about owls was fascinating and entertaining. Did you know that if you stick your finger in an owls ear you can touch the side of their eyeball? (Karla did!) Owls are important to our environment. To learn more about owls and what you can do to help them, visit http://www.internationalowlcenter.org/


Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, Dec 20
Meet at West Silver Lake Parking Lot at 7:15am

Leader: Clifford Hanson 

Join us as we divide into groups to count as many birds as we can find in specific areas of Rochester. At least one experienced birder will be in each group. A mid-day tally is held at the Quarry Hill Nature Center from noon to 1pm (Bring your own lunch) and a final tally is held at 4:45 at the same location. You are welcome to participate in one or both of the morning or afternoon sessions. For more details contact Clifford Hanson at clhroch@yahoo.com.

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NOTE: we will not have a regular monthly meeting in December...

Happy Holidays!


Cardinal Walk At Quarry Hill

Date: Sat., January 3, 2015
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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Golden Eagle Survey sponsored by the National Eagle Center

Date: Sat., January 17, 2015

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 17th.  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 about the count, want to participate in the count or want to find out more about the field trips can contact Scott Mehus by e-mailing scott@nationaleaglecenter.org or visit the web site at nationaleaglecenter.org.


ZVAS Monthly Program - Meadowlark Restorations
with Speaker: Scott Leddy

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
7-8 pm at Quarry Hill Nature Center

Meadowlark Restorations is an organization working to restore, document, educate, and preserve the last remaining natural areas in Southeast Minnesota’s Paleozoic Plateau.  Scott will discuss their efforts to restore our last natural areas back to pre-European settlement conditions. Their current efforts are focused on restoration projects such as bluff prairie, tall grass prairie, black oak savanna and burr oak savanna within the Root River valley.  For more information visit www.meadowlarkrestorations.org

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