What we're about

This Meetup group provides free events and activities centered around the Big 6 wildlife-dependent recreational uses for National Wildlife Refuge visitors - hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, environmental education and interpretation. This group is sponsored by the Refuge Friends, Inc. The Refuge comes first, both in our name and as our focus. The mission of Refuge Friends Inc is to assist the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge with its mission to “work with others to conserve, protect, and enhance the fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefits of the American people.”

Our Refuge Friends objectives include:

-Management of the Long Meadow Lake and Rapids Lake Visitor Centers Blufftop
-Bookshops to provide welcome and information to visitors.
-Fundraising to support environmental education,
-Providing advocacy for and raising awareness of the Refuge.

Upcoming events (5+)

Bird Watching Treks @ Bass Ponds

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Bass Ponds Trailhead

Join us for a bird walk at the Bass Ponds trails of the Longmeadow Lake unit of Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Learn about some of the 220 species that stop during their migration south! Birders of all levels are welcome to join! Bring along binoculars, and a field guide if you have one. Please dress for the weather, as the walks will be outside for the duration. Bring along your binoculars, favorite field guide and dress appropriately for the weather. The Bass Ponds Trailhead is located at[masked]th St. East, 55425. Just south of the Mall of America; follow 24th Street/Old Shakopee Rd south past the Mall, turn east on 86th Street, and turn left at the Bass Ponds sign at the stoplight.

Bird Watching Treks @ Bass Ponds

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Bass Ponds Trailhead

Join us for a bird walk at the Bass Ponds trails of the Longmeadow Lake unit of Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Learn about some of the 220 species that stop during their migration south! Birders of all levels are welcome to join! Bring along binoculars, and a field guide if you have one. Please dress for the weather, as the walks will be outside for the duration. Bring along your binoculars, favorite field guide and dress appropriately for the weather. The Bass Ponds Trailhead is located at[masked]th St. East, 55425. Just south of the Mall of America; follow 24th Street/Old Shakopee Rd south past the Mall, turn east on 86th Street, and turn left at the Bass Ponds sign at the stoplight.

Bird Watching Treks @ Bass Ponds

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Bass Ponds Trailhead

Join us for a bird walk at the Bass Ponds trails of the Longmeadow Lake unit of Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Learn about some of the 220 species that stop during their migration south! Birders of all levels are welcome to join! Bring along binoculars, and a field guide if you have one. Please dress for the weather, as the walks will be outside for the duration. Bring along your binoculars, favorite field guide and dress appropriately for the weather. The Bass Ponds Trailhead is located at[masked]th St. East, 55425. Just south of the Mall of America; follow 24th Street/Old Shakopee Rd south past the Mall, turn east on 86th Street, and turn left at the Bass Ponds sign at the stoplight.

Bird Language

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Join us as we gather on the slopes of the Minnesota River Valley to explore what the birds are telling us about our surroundings. We will split the time between the classroom and outdoors. Bring a notebook, pencils, and something to sit on outdoors. To register, visit: http://www.mntracking.org/. Led by Jonathan Poppele and Donnie Phyillaier, Volunteer Refuge Naturalists

Past events (199)

Bird Watching Treks @ Bass Ponds

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Bass Ponds Trailhead

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