The Hiawatha Valley Audubon Society (HVAS) will host a presentation by Mark Martell, Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon Minnesota, at its next meeting, Wednesday, November 5, at Lake Park Lodge in Winona at 7:00 p.m.
Martell, the Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon Minnesota, will discuss Audubon's Important Bird Areas (IBA) program. The talk is free and open to the public. After the presentation, there will be a business meeting followed by refreshments.
Audubon Minnesota is implementing the IBA program in the state with the assistance of the Minnesota DNR Nongame Wildlife Program. IBAs are found throughout the world, and are intended to identify, monitor and protect the most important bird habitats in an effort to better focus conservation efforts. Audubon Minnesota is working to create a statewide network of IBAs in cooperation with partners and landowners. One of Minnesota's most important areas for birds is the Mississippi River corridor, providing valuable habitat for migratory and year-round residents.
Lake Park Lodge is located on Lake Street at the foot of Main Street in Winona. Anyone interested in birds and natural habitat is welcomed and encouraged to attend this free program. For more information on this and other HVAS programs, please visit the club website at