Join us on Saturday, September 27th at 1:00 pm at the Downtown East Light Rail Station Platform (right next to the new stadium site) in protest for using bird safe glass in the new Vikings Stadium. Let’s tell the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and the Vikings that we want to focus on touchdown runs, not on birds hitting the glass. We will meet rain or shine. Come show your support for the birds and the Vikings!
Questions about the event? Maybe you’ll find the answers here. If you don’t, email Vikings4Birds@gmail.com.
Why are we protesting? What is wrong with the current choice of glass?
Birds don’t recognize transparent glass as a solid object so instead of avoiding it, they attempt to fly directly towards reflected habitat, or through the invisible surface. Although accurate quantification is difficult, it’s estimated that over ½ billion birds are killed per year by window collisions in North America alone.
The Minnesota Vikings stadium that is currently under construction is a $1.024 billion dollar project, nearly half of which is public money. Featured in the building design is 200,000 ft2 of glass, equivalent to over three football fields. Immediately this was identified as a major hazard to birds as more than 50% of North American migratory birds use the Mississippi River Flyway during migration. For less than 0.1% of the cost of the stadium, MFSA could have opted for a bird safe alternative glass which features a small pattern, barely noticeable to the human viewer except at close proximity, but allows birds to recognize the surface and avoid flying into it. Despite 76,000 public signatures, a unanimous resolution by the Minneapolis City Council, and the efforts of multiple scientists and conservation experts requesting the use of bird safe glass in the stadium, MFSA decided to place the order for the reflective glass, their reason being that the bird safe alternative would interfere with the completely transparent view.
Read more: Why We Are Protesting
Should I bring a protest sign?
Yes! Be creative but please remember to make your sign pro-bird, not anti-Vikings. Feel free to wear your Vikings gear.
I’m still mad about there even being a new stadium. Can I come protest the stadium itself?
We understand the issue of a new stadium is still controversial but please don’t use this event to protest the stadium itself. For better or worse, the stadium is being built. Now we want to focus on helping the MSFA and the Vikings make the stadium as bird-friendly as it can be.
I can’t attend the protest. How else can I help?
There are many ways to help including: Tell you friends, family and co-workers about the protest and encourage them to attend. Keep writing, calling and emailing the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and the Vikings to let them know they have made the wrong decision and it’s not too late to do the right thing. Send letters to the editors of the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press and your local newspapers. Contact your elected officials to let them know how unhappy you are that your tax dollars are being used to fund a stadium that will kill birds.
We’ll be adding more questions & answers soon. See you at the protest!