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Tim Schlagenhaft, Red Wing Community Conservation Coordinator – “Bottomland Forests along the Upper Mississippi River”

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015, 7:00 PM at Beth El Synagogue, 5224 W. 26th Street, St. Louis Park 55416 - Bottomland forests are unique habitats found within river floodplains, in wet areas, and along stream corridors.  Healthy bottomland forests include a diversity of plants that can survive repeated and extensive flooding.  Silver maple, cottonwood, ash, and elm are common tree species, and mast (nut) trees like swamp white oak are also present.   This unique composition of trees, shrubs, and understory provides habitat for many species, including rare birds like cerulean warbler and red-shouldered hawk.   Even small areas of bottomland forest can be critical to wildlife, especially birds.

Bottomland forests once covered extensive areas of the 2.6 million acre floodplain of the Upper Mississippi River and tributaries.   Today, bottomland forests comprise only 303,000 acres within this area.   These modern forests are a small portion of pre-settlement floodplain forests due to conversion of land for agriculture, harvesting trees for fuel and lumber, and elevated water levels from the locks and dams.   For example, forests along a 63 mile stretch of river covered 71% of the floodplain in 1800, but only 18% by 1989.

Remaining bottomland forests in the Upper Mississippi, including those in Minnesota, are now threatened by invasive reed canary grass which is preventing the natural regeneration of trees and shrubs.  Reed canary grass, introduced to prevent erosion along roadways, crowds out native plants and provides poor habitat.

Much of the forest is currently dominated by a single species, silver maple.  In many areas these trees will die of old age in the next 50-70 years, and there are currently no seedlings to replace them.  Instead, reed canary grass is likely to invade these areas once the trees die.  Without aggressive and on-going restoration and management, it is anticipated that significant portions of the floodplain forest will be permanently lost.

Audubon Minnesota has placed a high priority on bottomland forest restoration because it is critical to the health and survival of many species of birds and other wildlife.   In this presentation, you will learn more about what bottomland forests are, why they are important, and what Audubon and partners are doing to protect and restore these critical habitats.

An Evening with the Cousteau Family

Beth El Synagogue’s Inspiring Minds Series proudly presents this event, “An Evening with the Cousteau Family.” Through this majestic evening, these inspiring minds, living and teaching the legacy of their father and grandfather Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Jean-Michel Cousteau and his children Céline and Fabien, will share with us the beauty and diversity of our world’s water, the source of all life on our planet. The goal is that attendees will feel an even stronger desire to protect what, for some, will either be experienced for the first time, or perhaps rediscovered. The Cousteau Family inspires us to recognize that marine conservation is one of the keys to improving our community and our world.

WHEN: Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm
WHERE: Beth El Synagogue, 5225 Barry Street West, St. Louis Park, MN 55416


April 7 Program: Expert Birder Kim Eckert “Birding Minnesota” Location: Beth El Synagogue

The April 7 program meeting will be held at 7:00 PM at Beth El Synagogue, 5224 W. 26th Street, St. Louis Park 55416. All programs are free and open to everyone.

April’s speaker: Kim Eckert, “Birding Minnesota.” With about 50 years of birding experience throughout the U.S. and Canada, Kim has been guiding birders or teaching bird identification classes for more than 35 of those years. Since the 1980s, he has led tours to places like Newfoundland, Churchill, California, Arizona, Florida, locations in the Great Lakes and Great Plains, and to Texas – a favorite and frequent winter destination.

Minneapolis Audubon Society: March 13, 2015 “Update on Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Research”

The Minneapolis Audubon Society offers monthly program meetings except during the months of June, July and August. Programs are held the second Friday of the month at 1 p.m. at Bryant Square Park, 3101 Bryant Av S, Minneapolis (on the SE corner of Bryant Av S & W 31st St). The programs are free and open to the public and refreshments are served. The #4 bus stops right by the building and runs every 15 minutes. For more information, call Sylvia Winkelman at 763.533.8381

Friday, March 13: “Update on the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Research” Chet Meyers, Chair of the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery


Friends of Roberts Volunteer Appreciation Party – Everyone is Invited! Saturday. April 18 from noon to 1: 30 pm

Friends of Roberts Bird Sanctuary wants to give a BIG THANK YOU to all of the wonderful volunteers who helped us out last year, and to the volunteers who plan on working with us or getting to know us better this year, we will be hosting a meet and greet at Sisyphus Brewing Company.

Saturday, April 18, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Sisyphus Brewing Company   712 Ontario Av West #100  Minneapolis

Come say hello, have a beer, nosh on some food and talk garlic mustard and buckthorn with us. We’ll provide food while we discuss plans for summer within the sanctuary and events that will be happening outside the sanctuary!

Children are welcome and craft soda is available.

**Food will be vegan friendly with gluten free options!

Visit the Friends Facebook page for more information & updates: Friends of Roberts Bird Sanctuary Facebook

Visit the Sisyphus Brewing site: Sisyphus Brewing

2015 Garlic Mustard Pulls at Roberts Bird Sanctuary & William Berry Woods

Help native plants thrive in Roberts Bird Sanctuary & William Berry Woods by joining the Friends of Roberts at a garlic mustard pull this May and June!

Garlic mustard is an invasive plant that aggressively out-competes native plants. The Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis has held volunteer removal events at Roberts Bird Sanctuary and William Berry Woods for the past several years. This year the Friends of Roberts Bird Sanctuary organization is taking the lead and holding several pulls in May and June. Come join them and help the native plants thrive. Bring your own gloves if you want to use gloves; bags are provided. For more information, go to the Friends of Roberts Bird Sanctuary Facebook page by clicking the link:

Dates & times (RBS = Roberts Bird Sanctuary, WBW = William Berry Woods)
May 06 Wednesday 5:00 – 7:00pm RBS
May 13 Wednesday 5:00 – 7:00pm RBS
May 20 Wednesday 5:00 – 7:00pm RBS
May 24 Sunday 1:00 – 3:00pm RBS
May 27 Wednesday 5:00 – 7:00pm WBW
May 30 Saturday 10:00 – 12:00pm WBW
June 07 Sunday 1:00 – 3:00pm RBS
June 13 Saturday 12:00 – 2:00pm WBW

2015 Landscape Revival: Native Plant Expo & Market on Saturday, June 6 from 9 am to 3 pm


Landscape Revival – Native Plant Expo and Market
Saturday, June 6, 9:00am- 3:00pm
Cub Foods Community Pavilion, 1201 Larpenteur Ave. W. Roseville, MN 55113
(Cub Foods parking lot at the ntersection of Larpenteur & Fernwood)
Landscape Revival — Native Plant Expo and Market is the spot to shop for Minnesota native plants from 12 local growers in one convenient location. Area conservation organizations will also be on hand to teach gardeners why natives are important and how to create stunning landscapes that benefit wildlife, pollinators and clean water. Choose Minnesota native plants to grow gardens in harmony with nature!

Learn more at

Sponsored by Saint Paul Audubon, Capitol Region Watershed District, Wild Ones, Blue Thumb and Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District.

City of Burnsville Native Plant Market on Saturday, May 30 from 9 am to 1 pm

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Burnsville Native Plant Market

When: Saturday, May 30th 9am – 1pm
Where: Parking lot across the street from Burnsville City Hall, 100 Civic Center Parkway
Who: Open to everyone
Event Description: Native wildflowers, ferns and grasses will be available for sale from multiple vendors. Cash or check only. Event will occur rain or shine. More event information available at

Christmas Bird Count!


Please join us for the 115th annual National Audubon Christmas Bird Count, beginning birders are welcome. We form teams to count in a specific area – each team is led by an experienced birder. You will enjoy a good time, while being a part of this local and nationally important census of birds.


TIME: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM

(From I694: north on East River Rd., east on 85th
or north on University, west on 85th)

POTLUCK LUNCH AT NOON – Please bring a food item to share.

For more INFORMATION/QUESTIONS contact SIAH ST. CLAIR at 763-234-6146 or

Rare plants of the Anoka Sand Plain, MN


Principal Ecologist and President of Critical Connections Ecological Services, Jason J. Husveth will be presenting at the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis December meeting. Jason will be talking about natural communities and native landscapes for a diverse array of organisms, including some of our feathered friends. It should be a great talk so we hope you can join us Tuesday, December 2nd at 7:00PM. We will be meeting at Beth El Synagogue, 5224 W. 26th St., St. Louis Park, 55416.

All of our programs are open to the public.