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We believe in connecting people with nature. Our monthly programs are FREE and open to the public. Meetings are generally held the 4th Tuesday of each month at Quarry Hill Nature Center. Our speakers give presentations about a wide range of topics (not just birds).
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Photos from some of our recent activities are below.
Sept. 7, 2017 - Northern Hills Prairie - The recent cool weather had already sent most of the remaining Monarchs on there way south - but we still managed to find a few stragglers. A couple dozen kids and adults tested their netting skills and a recent hatch of Painted Lady Butterflies meant we had lots to practice on. We only found a half dozen Monarchs to tag and send off to Mexico, but we all had a fun afternoon in the prairie. Thanks go to Joel Dunnette, Patty Trnka and Sandy Hokanson for volunteering at this event. See more photos on our Facebook page.
Sept 2, 2017 - Quarry Hill Nature Center. Two dozen people joined us on a very enjoyable walk through the Oak Savanna section of the park this morning. We saw of heard at least 25 species of birds - including several warblers (Redstart, Orange-crowned, Black & White, Canada), vireos (Yellow-throated and Red-eyed), flycatchers and more. Leaders Terry and Joyce Grier also pointed out many of the plants growing in this area that we don't normally see down below.
August 29, 2017 - Northern Hills Prairie - The prairie was the place to be this afternoon! A large group of curious kids (and some curious older folks, too) came out to catch and tag some Monarchs on their way to Mexico. Pamela Nason Meyer from Quarry Hill Nature Center and Joel Dunnette, Terry Grier and Patty Trnka from Zumbro Valley Audubon taught the group a little about the Monarch's life cycle and migration, how to tell the boys from the girls, and proper netting technique. Then it was off into the prairie on a grand expedition. The prairie plants were taller than usual this year from all the rain ... but we didn't lose anyone and everyone got to tag and release a Monarch. Many thanks to everyone who helped out at this event! See more photos on our Facebook page here.
August 25, 2017 Chimney Swift Sit - Nine people attending the "Sit" at Assisi Heights and witnessed close to 2,000 Swifts entering the chimney. This year's count was lower than last year's record of 4,500+. There is much still to learn about these birds!
August 22, 2017 - Monarch Tagging at Quarry Hill - Approximately 150 adults and kids came out today to learn about Monarch Butterflies. There was a walk-in butterfly tent, microscopes to see them up close and lots of fun kid-friendly crafts for the kids in the afternoon. In the evening presentation we also enjoyed a talk about butterflies in general by Joel Dunnette and heard about Monarch's life cycle and their journey to Mexico from Pam Meyer. Nearly everyone also got to hold and release a tagged butterfly. Many thanks to Joel Dunnette for catching the majority of the butterflies and to the many volunteers who helped out this evening! We'll add photos to this album as they come in.
August 5, 2017 - Quarry Hill Nature Center - Thirty people came out for our monthly bird walk around Quarry Hill this morning - blue sky, temps in the 60's, and no wind made for perfect conditions. We heard more than we saw - tallying 27 species (mostly the regular chickadees, nuthatches, goldfinches and woodpeckers) but we were all happy to get a good look at an Indigo Bunting near the pond. And even though the birds weren't showing off for us there was always something to see. Our leaders Joyce and Terry are Master Gardeners and were happy to point out many of the native plants we saw and tell us all about them.
Remember! next month's walk will start at the WEST entrance to Quarry Hill and we'll be visiting the Oak Savanna area of the park.
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