The MOU Paper Session will be held at the Bell Museum on Saturday, December 7th, 2013 from 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Registration fee is $5.00 if you register prior to November 25th or $6.00 at the door. Registration will be begin at 8:00 A.M. on December 7th. Go to MOU website for the speaker schedule.
ACM will be providing refreshments. If you would like to help set up, serve or cleanup contact Jerry Bahls at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our chapter’s 2013 Christmas Bird Count will be held on Saturday, December 21 at Springbrook Nature Center in Fridley. The event starts at 7:30 am and includes AM and PM counts as well as a potluck lunch. Siah St. Clair is leading the count. For more information, email email@example.com or call 763.234.6146. This annual event is a great way for volunteers to participate in citizen science. No experience necessary – beginners are paired with experienced bird counters. Click here to visit the Springbrook website. Click here to visit the National Audubon Society website to find the location and dates of other counts in our area & nation-wide and to learn more about the purpose & history of the Christmas Bird Count.
There is no program in January. Happy Holidays!
We have a great line-up of speakers for the 2013 – 2014 program season. The next program is Tuesday, February 4 from 7 pm to 9 pm at Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park. Christi Spak from the MN DNR will talk about “Bats in Minnesota,” a study of the bat populations in MN and the threats from disease. 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.
Beth El Synagogue is located at 5224 West 26th Street, St. Louis Park 55416. Click here for directions.
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. December 13 features Barbara and Ted Galambos talking about traveling and birding. For the complete 2013 – 2014 program schedule, click here.
We are looking for a volunteer to be the chapter treasurer. The treasurer is given a laptop to use during the duration of his/her volunteer term. Our current treasurer has been using Quicken so experience with this software program would be helpful but is not required. Contact Jerry Bahls for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 763.572.2333
The Minneapolis City Council is allowing its residents to maintain feral cat colonies in the city. By a unanimous 13 – 0 vote the city council amended its regulations on cats allowing for colonies of feral (wild) cats. The new ordinance mandates that the cats in the colonies be neutered, under the so-called Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) method. Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis (ACM) argued strongly against this ordinance while it was being considered by the council.
Recognizing that the city has a problem with free roaming cats, both ACM and Audubon Minnesota argued that the TNR method has not been shown to reduce feral cat populations. It also “increases predation by cats, a harmful, non-native predator, of our native birds and mammals, encourages colonization and abandonment of cats on public and private lands, and exposes people, domestic animals and wildlife to serious disease risks.
ACM and Audubon Minnesota requested the City Council delay the vote for further study, and urged that the city also consider the problem of free-roaming domesticated cats. National studies have consistently shown that cats kill between 1 and 4 billion birds annually. Again, we argued, “Local governments have responsibilities under the Endangered Species Act and Migratory Bird Treaty Act to conserve birds and other wildlife, and must also carry out their paramount mandate of protecting the public’s health. The practice of TNR is inconsistent with the commitment the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul made when applying for and receiving designation from the US Fish and Wildlife Service as Urban Bird Treaty Cities just two years ago.”
The Nov. 5 elections for mayor and city council are over but the issues involving TNR and feral cats are ongoing. Read ACM President Jerry Bahl’s column on this subject on page 2 of the November/December 2013 Kingfisher by clicking here.
We held the last buckthorn pull of the year on Sunday, November 10. Thank you to everyone who helped pull at any of our pulls at Roberts Bird Sanctuary or William Berry Woods. We removed a lot of buckthorn this year and we couldn’t have done it without everyone’s help. We especially want to thank Matt Johnson who led or co-led many of the pulls and recruited many of the pullers. Read Matt’s thoughts following the last pull and looking back over the season by clicking here
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the first annual Friends of Roberts Bird Sanctuary meeting on October 13 at the Linden Hills Park building. We elected a board and had a good discussion on how to get out the word about the organization and events at the Sanctuary. We welcome new members anytime. To join or to receive email updates from the Friends, please email Constance Pepin at email@example.com. For a meeting agenda and more information about the Friends organization including its purpose statement, go to the Friends page by clicking here.