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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!
In 2018, we mark the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. In honor of this milestone, nature lovers around the world are joining forces to celebrate the “Year of the Bird” and commit to protecting birds today and for the next hundred years. Watch our calendar for special events throughout the year!
April 12, 2018 Woodcock Field Trip - our Woodcock Field Trip to Chester Woods was well attended with 31 people coming out to try and catch a glimpse of these incredible birds. Leader Jim Peterson gave a great introduction about the sights and sounds we could expect. The main prairie area where the woodcocks are usually seen, had recently been burned with just a few small patches of grass still showing. We did hear one bird somewhere out there, but could not locate it and never heard it fly. We were lucky that the birds started calling and displaying earlier than on previous field trips from the fen area toward the maintenance buildings. Participants were able to hear the "peent" call from at least four different birds. We did get reasonably good looks at several birds flying up and coming down making their unique chirping sound with their feathers before it got too dark to see them at all. People went home pleased with their glimpse of this rather odd bird and it's unusual mating dance. Photos by Jerry Pruett.
April 7, 2018 - Quarry Hill Bird Walk - The conditions were cold, crisp and sunny for our walk this morning with crusty snow covering the trails and on the ground - but 20 people still came out to search for birds. We saw some good birds, including Great Horned Owls (2 adults being harassed by crows) and 3 owlets (barely visible in their nest), Pileated, Hairy, Downy, and Red-Bellied Woodpeckers, scores of Robins and Juncos, White Breasted Nuthatches, Red Winged Blackbirds, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Mourning Dove, House Sparrows, Canada Geese, Red tailed Hawk (also a smaller hawk - probably a Coopers), a Turkey Vulture, a Brown Creeper and 2 Fox Sparrows. Surprisingly we did not see or hear any White-Throated Sparrows which should be here by now.
All in all, not a bad morning. And there's surely more to come as the weather warms up. Photos by Sandy Hokanson and Brendan Lanpher.
March 28, 2018 - Monthly Program - Thank you Al Batt, for entertaining us at our March ZVAS meeting. Al's stories about growing up on the farm and rural life kept everybody smiling!
Thanks also to Dave Gross who made and donated 3 Bluebird nest boxes to ZVAS. The bird houses were offered to the crowd for a donation of $25 each, and all 3 were purchased! Those funds will help us pay for more educational signs and other outreach projects.
March 22, 2018 - Kestrel Nesting Box Project Report
Several new nesting boxes are now up in Chester Woods, Oxbow Park, Root River Park, and the Haverhill WMA thanks in part to a pile of lumber at Joel Dunnette's house that needed to be gone. Joel, current president of ZVAS, asked Jim Peterson (expert birder and ZVAS volunteer) and Kirk Payne (Naturalist at Quarry Hill) to assist him in starting a Kestrel Nesting Box program this spring. Jim made the boxes to spec and Kirk suggested suitable locations and then they all went out on March 22, 2018 for the first round of installations.
These boxes will need to be monitored regularly to see if Kestrels eventually nest in them. If you are interested in being a monitor please conatct Joel Dunnette at 507-269-7064 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about Kestrels here.
More information about Kestrel monitoring can be found at https://kestrel.peregrinefund.org
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