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!

NEWS

Protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

In a new video, renowned ornithologist, illustrator, and author David Sibley calls for the permanent protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. With incredible footage from photographer Florian Schulz, David Sibley describes his personal experience visiting the Arctic Refuge, and the impressive array of bird life and other wildlife that depend on this pristine landscape. View the video here https://vimeo.com/163889702. (approx 5 minutes)

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Hometome Habitat is a documentary showing how humans and nature can co-exist with mutual benefits. This incedible film is available for checkout from the Rochester Public Library and we highly recommend it! See the trailer here.

Nature in Your Neighborhood programs - click here for details.
AUGUST PROGRAMS
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ZVAS Monthly Program at Quarry Hill Nature Center
Tagging Monarch Butterflies with Pamela Meyer
Tuesday, August 23
6:30 - 7:30 pm 

Join us as we learn about the fascinating Monarch Butterfly as it prepares for its long journey back to Mexico. After a short indoor presentation, we will have a hands-on experience of tagging and releasing these incredible creatures.
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More Monarch Butterfly Tagging - be a part of research in action!
August 25 4:00-5:30 pm
Northern Hills Prairie
3694 Nottingham Drive NW

Free and open to all ages. No registration needed. Nets will be available to help catch monarchs. Captured monarchs will be tagged, recorded and released. Quarry Hill Naturalists and Zumbro Valley Audubon members will be on site to lead the tagging process. Parking is allowed in the Think Bank Lot.
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Chimney Swift Sit
Friday, August 26
7:30 - 9 pm - LOCATION CHANGE
Kellogg Middle School (503 17th St NE, Rochester, MN 55906) 

We are moving to the Kellogg Middle School as more Swifts are being seen at that location. Drive and park behind the school for best viewing. Chimney Swifts gather in large number each fall as they migrate south and create fabulous displays when they enter a chimney each night to roost. Bring a lawn chair and binoculars to watch as (hopefully) hundreds of Chimney Swifts enter the chimney to roost for the night.
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Planting With Natives Seminar -
sponsored by Sargents Landscape Nursery

Tuesday August 30, 2016
Location: Cascade Meadows - 2900 19th St NW, Rochester MN 55091

6:00 - 8:30 pm

An evening to learn about native plants. Guest speakers include Megan Moeller, Joel Dunnette, Senator Carla Nelson, and Jeff Feece.
SEPTEMBER PROGRAMS
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One More time! Monarch Butterfly Tagging.
September 1 4:00-5:30 pm
Northern Hills Prairie
3694 Nottingham Drive NW

Free and open to all ages. No registration needed. Nets will be available to help catch monarchs. Captured monarchs will be tagged, recorded and released. Quarry Hill Naturalists and Zumbro Valley Audubon members will be on site to lead the tagging process. Parking is allowed in the Think Bank Lot.
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ZVAS Monthly Bird Walk -
Saturday, September 3, 2016
9 am at the WEST ENTRANCE PARKING LOT of Quarry Hill
Leaders: Terry & Joyce Grier

NOTE CHANGE IN LOCATION! Due to the "Run Wild 5k" being held at Quarry Hill on this same day - we will move our bird walk to the west park entrance located at 1998 9th St NE, Rochester, MN 55906

Join us on a casual walk thru Quarry Hill Park. Bring binoculars if you have them. 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.
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ZVAS Monthly Program at Quarry Hill Nature Center
Live Raptors from the Minnesota Raptor Center
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
7 - 8 pm

You’ll be inspired to learn more about Minnesota’s raptors when you meet a live owl, hawk, and falcon up close and in person. Our presentor from the Raptor Center will teach us the three key identifying features of all raptors, discuss the positive and negative impact humans have on our environment, and share some of our greatest environmental success stories, such as the Peregrine Falcon and the Bald Eagle.
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