We believe in connecting people with nature. Our monthly programs are FREE and open to the public. Most meetings are 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. Check out our Calendar of Events and join the fun!
February 02, 2019 - Quarry Hill - Our walk this morning was quite pleasant as the temp was in the 30s (though no one was wearing shorts). Eighteen people found 15 species including: Juncos, Chickadees, Cardinals, White & Red Breasted Nuthatches, House Sparrows, White Throated Sparrows, Downy, Hairy and Red Bellied Woodpeckers, Blue Jays, Red Tailed Hawk, Bald Eagle, Mourning Dove and the best find, a flock of 8 Cedar Waxwings Thank you Terry and Joyce for leading!
January 19, 2019 - Golden Eagle Survey - Our ZVAS Team participated in the Golden Eagle Survey on Saturday and were elated to find and photograph two Golden Eagles not far from Rollingstone, MN. We initially weren't sure of one bird, but expert Scott Mehus looked at the photos and declared it a Golden. Other birds seen included 9 Bald Eagles, 12 Red Tail Hawks, 2 Pileated Woodpeckers and 5 Bluebirds (plus assorted other songbirds). Thanks go to Terry and Joyce Grier, Dave Gross and Sandy Hokanson for heading out in the frigid weather to search for these beautiful birds.
January 12, 2019 - Golden Eagle Class - Today four members of ZVAS attended the Golden Eagle Identification/Survey training class at Whitewater State Park. Instructor Scott Mehus from the National Eagle Center in Wabasha gave us some great tips for sorting out Goldens and immature Bald Eagles (which can look very similar). After the class we all went on a short drive hoping to spot a Golden - but alas - only found a few Bald Eagles and Red Tail Hawks. The gloomy overcast day was not helpful and very few birds were flying. Next Saturday our team will head back to do an official survey.
Wish us luck!
January 5, 2019 - Quarry Hill Walk - 32 people came out to enjoy a walk around Quarry Hill this morning. It felt like a sunny spring day (and we did see one robin) but we had to watch our footing as many trails were ice covered. We saw some good birds including: Chickadees, Downy, Hairy & Red-Bellied Woodpeckers, White Breasted Nuthatches, Juncos, a House finch, a White-throated Sparrow, House Sparrows, a Robin, Crows, Cardinals, Canada Geese, Blue Jays, and a small flock of Cedar Waxwings. Get outside while you can - this isn't typical winter weather!
January 1, 2019 - Whitewater Christmas Bird Count - Several ZVAS members participated in the count today at Whitewater State Park. All of the teams combined found 44 species! The feeders were well stocked and we enjoyed close up views there - then everyone was out exploring their assigned territories. The weather was bright and cold - but not so cold that it was uncomfortable. See more photos on our Facebook page here.
2 golden eagles
45 bald eagles
2 northern shrike
6 horned larks
4 tufted titmouse
1 brown creeper
1 American robin
3 Eastern bluebirds
24 American tree sparrows
1 pine siskin
13 cedar waxwings
8 white-throated sparrows
2 white-crowned sparrows
1 ruffed grouse
Thank you to all the drivers, counters and support staff who organized this event!
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