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March 3 Program: Audubon Minnesota Executive Director Matthew Anderson “Birds & Climate Change”

Common Loon; photo: www.allaboutbirds.org

Common Loon; photo: www.allaboutbirds.org

Program meetings are held at 7:00 PM at Beth El Synagogue, 5224 W. 26th Street, St. Louis Park 55416. The next program is Tuesday, March 3. All programs are free and open to everyone.

March’s Speaker: Audubon Minnesota Executive Director Matthew Anderson

“Birds & Climate Change” Climate change threatens the survival of nearly half the bird species in the continental United States and Canada, including many of Minnesota’s birds, warn National Audubon Society scientists in a groundbreaking new study released today. Local birds at risk include the following: Common Loon, American White Pelican, Trumpeter Swan, Sharp-Tailed Grouse, and Mallard.

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

 

Christmas Bird Count!

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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.

DATE: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20

TIME: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM

LOCATION: SPRINGBROOK NATURE CENTER
100 85TH AVENUE NW. in FRIDLEY
(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
stclairs@comcast.net.

Rare plants of the Anoka Sand Plain, MN

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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.

Action to prevent the installation of bird killing glass

Citizens for Bird Safe Stadium Glass The time has come to put pressure on National Audubon to take action to prevent the installation of bird killing glass. Below and included here (President Yarnold Glass_EM) is a draft letter to David Yarnold, President of National Audubon Society, to take bold action, including possible legal action, to prevent the installation of the bird killing glass.  Feel free to add your own comments.  We urge you to co-sign this letter and send it by mail, preferred method, or e-mail as soon as possible, because as the letter states the time is NOW.  

Mailing address:

President David Yarnold

National Audubon Society

225 Varick Street

New York, NY 10014

E-mail address: chapterleaders@audubon.org

Thank you for your continuing help with this campaign,

Jerry Bahls

Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis _________________________________________________________________________________

President Yarnold

As you know Audubon has been working to change the bird killing glass that the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) is planning on putting into the new Minnesota Vikings Stadium. The Stadium construction is well underway and despite the diligent work of Audubon Minnesota to persuade the MSFA to change the 200,000 ft2 of glass, the MSFA has been unresponsive.  Because the bird killing glass is probably in the early stages of construction, planned for delivery in January 2015, it is imperative that action be taken NOW to stop its production and make the MSFA execute a change order to produce Bird Safe glass.

NOW is the time to utilize ALL of the available resources of the National Audubon Society to force the MSFA to commit to Bird Safe Glass for the stadium. The Audubon Chapters of Minnesota have been devoting time and resources to this issue and need the forceful leadership of National Audubon to bring their national prestige and power to make the difference in this precedence-setting decision that will save the lives of many birds now and in the future.  We believe that one of the only remaining strategies is pursuit of legal action against the MSFA.  We hope National Audubon will seriously consider using their power and prestige to help stop the production of the bird killing glass. National Audubon’s future influence can be greatly enhanced by acting NOW to prevent this disaster for birds.

President Yarnold, you are needed NOW to prevent this from happening.  Take an action that will force the MSFA to Change the Glass, NOW!

Thanks for acting to save birds,

Jerry Bahls

President

Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis

And the undersigned Audubon members and bird loving friends,

World of Northern Owls

DSC_0029Author and Naturalist Dave Benson will be presenting at Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis’ November program.  Dave will speak on the World of Northern Owls on Tuesday November 11th 7-9 pm at the Beth El Synagogue, 5224 W. 26th St., St. Louis Park 55416.  All Chapter meetings are free and open to the public. Come and enjoy wonderful photography and get ready for the winter’s owl season!

Rally at Hamline University at 8 am Sunday, October 19 to pressure Governor Dayton to change the glass

Join us and Minnesota Citizens for the Protection of Migratory Birds on Sunday, October 19 at 8 am at Hamline University in St Paul to  let Governor Dayton know we want the stadium glass changed. Read the details below and click here to visit the MCPMB Facebook page and here to visit the organization’s website.
Dear Bird Advocates,
It is very important that we have a visual presence and keep the pressure up on Governor Dayton to do the right thing. If you attend one rally for this issue, this is the most important! The only debate being held locally. Dayton is vulnerable on his environmental record. His change to bird-safe, energy efficient glass for the Vikings stadium could help his campaign!
We are not allowed to stand outside the Klas center, unless you are a Hamline student  However, we can stand half a block away at the intersection of Snelling and Taylor where most of the cars will enter. Please arrive by 8AM to make sure the media (arriving early to set up) see our signs. You are free to leave after the debate begins at 9AM. We will meet at the intersection of N. Snelling Ave and Taylor Ave. See attached map.
We will provide posters and banners to hold up with our message. “Chage the Glass Now” What we really need is people to wake early tomorrow and give an hour of their time. For the Birds!
Wendy Haan
Minnesota Citizens for the Protection of Migratory Birds

“Change the Glass” Appeal

Please click on this powerful appeal to “Change the Glass Now” made at the MSFA Board meeting today.  http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2014/10/10/birders-make-another-plea-for-safe-vikings-stadium/  Please forward this to others.

“Change the Glass Now!”

We Need Your Help Now

Click here to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis, to help us continue to pressure the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority to do the right thing now.

Take Action

Make calls today to Governor Mark Dayton and MSFA Chair Michelle Kelm-Helgen and simply tell them, “Change the Glass Now!”

  • Governor Mark Dayton (651) 222 3766
  • Michelle Kelm-Helgen (612) 335-3319

Join Us

Join our growing movement to protect migratory birds—and all birds—by “liking” the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis Facebook Page and the Make the New Vikings Stadium Bird Safe Facebook Page.