Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis is taking a survey to learn more about residential home bird-window collisions. we hope to learn about how many homes have the problem and something about the surroundings that create the bird-window collisions. Please take our survey about Bird-Window Collisions. Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AudubonChapterMinneapolis.
Photo by Joanna Eckles
Residential Bird-Window Collisions Prevention Study
The Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis (ACM) has received a grant to study the effectiveness of window treatments on bird-window collisions on residential homes. ACM is looking for a minimum of 10 home owners who would like to participate in this study. The home owner will be given 1 of 3 treatments that they will apply to a window that has frequent bird strikes. An exterior photo of the problem window showing the immediate landscape is needed. If selected to participate in this study, the home owner will be contacted and given training about the study. The study will require the owner to record bird strikes on the treated window as well as some other data. ACM will collect the bird strike data and statistically analyze it to determine the effectiveness of the 3 window treatments. This study will be run for a minimum of one year (beginning about June 1st) and a maximum of three years. If you would like to participate in this study, please contact Jenny at 970 596-1508 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jerry Bahls at email@example.com.
Come to Roberts Bird Sanctuary to look for spring migrants and resident birds! Steve Greenfield will lead walks on the following Saturdays: April 26 and May 10 through 31. No walk on May 3. The walks start at 8 am and last about an hour. They are free and open to everyone. Meet at the Visitors Shelter at the east entrance to the Sanctuary. Roberts’ address is 4124 Roseway Road, Minneapolis 55409. It is located on the north side of Lake Harriet near the Rose Garden.
The Chapter is experimenting with a new look for the website. We would like to hear what you think. Please comment!
The Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery is proud to announce receiving grants from Patagonia for $2000, from MOU for $1200, from Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis for $1000 and from MRVAC for $500. These funds along with private funds will allow us to continue our RHWO studies at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve this summer. We thank all who will make this happen.
Date: May 3 - 1:00 – 5:00 pm
For reservations, contact Virginia May (preferred) at firstname.lastname@example.org or (612) 377- 0146 or Susan Tertell at email@example.com.
For the fifth year, the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis is offering a field trip to Tiffany Bottoms NWA in Wisconsin. The field trip includes a ride on a narrow-gauge train through the Bottoms, with several stops to walk in the area and look for birds, both residents and spring migrants.
Tiffany Bottoms is located about 5 miles south of Durand, Wisconsin, about 90 miles from the Twin Cities, and the driving time is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.
The cost is $20 per person, $15 for Audubon members, and $5 for children 12 and under. Also, four people per trip are needed to help less experienced birders. If you are willing to help you can get a discount on the trip. A spotting scope is helpful but not necessary.
What to bring: The train is open air, and we go rain or shine, so bring what you need to protect yourself from the elements – hat, rain jacket, sunscreen, bug dope, etc. Also bring water and a snack or lunch, and of course, binoculars and a bird guide.
Springbrook Nature Center: 100 85th Ave NW , Fridley, March 29
- Wetland edges, open water in ponds and creeks, prairie, forest, oak savannah.
- Birds possible will be early migrating waterfowl, and Wood Cock, as well as, Bluebirds, Red Tailed Hawks, Great Horned Owls, White throated sparrows, Cedar Waxwings, and Red Bellied Woodpeckers, and other permanent resident birds.
- Meet in the parking lot at main entrance at 8:00 am.
Compton Tortoiseshell; photo by Dean Hanson. Dean will talk at our May 6 program meeting.
We have a great line-up of speakers for the 2013 – 2014 program season. The next program is Tuesday, May 6 at Beth El Synagogue in St Louis Park. Dean Hanson, photographer and local leader of North American Butterfly Association counts, will talk about his photographs.
Click here to visit the Programs page for more information about our programs and speakers. All programs are free and open to everyone. Come a little early for social time & refreshments.
The Minneapolis Audubon Society offers monthly program meetings starting at 1 pm on the second Friday of the month 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. The #4 bus stops right by the building and runs every 15 minutes. On May 9 photographer Nadav Cassuto will discuss “photograting” and show examples of his work. Nadav defines photograting as “migrating after the birds to photograph the birds as well as photographing birds on their migration routes when possible.” For the complete 2013 – 2014 program schedule, click here.
Photo by Nadav Cassuto.
Illustration from John James Audubon’s Birds of America; photo: Bell Museum
The Bell Museum of Natural History is offering a rare opportunity to view masterworks by the world’s greatest bird artists, including a collection of select originals from the Bell’s own set of John James Audubon’s Birds of America. Audubon and the Art of Birds explores the human fascination with birds, and showcases one of the museum’s most valuable treasures: a double-elephant folio edition of John James Audubon’s Birds of America. In addition to Audubon, other featured artists include Mark Catesby, Alexander Wilson, Francois Levaillant, John Gould, Francis Lee Jaques, Roger Tory Peterson and Charley Harper. The exhibition offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see works by these different artists, brought together in one location. The exhibit runs through June 8, 2014. Click here
to go the Bell Museum’s site for more information.