Minnesota Valley Refuge Friends Programs

Volunteer with Monarch Join the Minnesota Valley Refuge Friends (MRVAC) for sponsored programs in collaboration with federal, state, and local conservation agencies, non-profits, and partners!

Thursday, April 15, 2021
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual (Register here)

Featured speakers for this one-hour presentation are AnnMarie Krmpotich, National Coordinator-Pollinator Conservation, USFWS Science Applications, and Lori Nordstrom, USFWS Ecological Services Assistant Regional Director. Come learn about monarch butterfly biology, the recent Endangered Species Act listing decision, and how the USFWS is working to conserve this species. Plus, learn how you and urban refuges like the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge play a crucial role in protecting pollinators.

This virtual event is tailored for adults. Registration is free but required and limited to 75 people. Only one registration per household joining is necessary. Register on Eventbrite by visiting this link: https://bit.ly/3rJRUfV. This event will take place on Zoom and a link will be emailed to you after registration.

Monarch Hour with the USFWS is made possible thanks to the members of the Minnesota Valley Refuge Friends, the mostly volunteer and citizen support group of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. To learn more about Minnesota Valley Refuge Friends, please visit www.mnvalleyrefugefriends.org. 

Thursday, April 29, 2021
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
Location: Virtual (Register here
Join Sara Dykman, Monarch Joint Venture, Minnesota Valley Refuge Friends, and Moon Palace Books virtually on April 29th at 7pm CST to learn all about Sara’s butterfly bike tour and the book she wrote about it. 
Sara Dykman is the founder of beyond­abook.org, which fosters lifelong learners, boundary-pushers, explorers, and stewards. In 2017, Sara once again became a boundary-pusher as the first person to bicycle along with monarch butterflies on their annual migration. Sara's adventure of more than 10,000 miles took her through three countries! Sara shares her journey in Bicycling with Butterflies. 
This virtual event will be tailored to folks in Minnesota, but all are welcomed to attend. Following her presentation, Sara, as well as Monarch Joint Venture and Minnesota Valley NWR staff will be available to answer your questions! 
The event is free, but space is limited! Please register to reserve your space at https://donate.monarchjointventure.org/event/bicycling-with-butterflies-with-sara-dykman/e331994.