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Joint ACM – Ikes Summer Programs

Raptor Resource Project; photo: Raptor Resource Project

Raptor Resource Project; photo: Raptor Resource Project

June, July and August programs are held jointly with the Breckenridge Chapter of the Izaak Walton League at the Ikes’ Chapter House in Brooklyn Park. Joint programs start at 7:30 pm. For directions to the Chapter House and more information about the Ikes, click here. For more information about our programs and speakers, click here.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014: “Raptor Resource Project” Bob Anderson, Director, Raptor Resource Project

Tuesday, August 26, 2014: “BirdSafe – Bird-Window Collisions” Joanna Eckles, Project BirdSafe/Lights Out Coordinator, Audubon Minnesota

Your help is needed to protect birds from the new Vikings stadium

Click here to go to the Audubon Action Vikings Stadium page to sign an online petition asking the team and the Minnesota Sports Facility Authority to change to bird-friendly glass in the new Vikings stadium. Read the article below for more details.

From the National Audubon Society:

The new Minnesota Vikings stadium may become a serious threat to Minnesota’s birds without quick action by the team and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) to protect animal welfare. Despite state guidelines requiring bond-funded buildings to protect birds from window collisions, the Vikings and the MSFA last week rejected calls to use safer types of glass that could help prevent birds from fatally colliding with the stadium’s huge glass windows as the birds migrate along the Mississippi River corridor each year.

“We’re talking about a billion dollar stadium here, and the cost to save perhaps thousands of migratory birds – and make the Vikings a global leader in green stadium design – is about one-tenth of one percent of that,” said Audubon Minnesota Executive Director Matthew Anderson. “Hundreds of millions of dollars of public money is going to build this stadium, and we know the people of Minnesota do not want their money killing birds. The Vikings recently approved spending millions and millions of additional dollars to make sure the stadium is ‘iconic’ – surely they also want to make sure it’s not a death trap. We’re asking them to change their minds and do the right thing.”

According to scientists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Smithsonian Institution, up to 988 million birds are killed annually in the United States by collisions with buildings, especially glass windows. The new Vikings stadium will feature nearly 200,000 square feet of glass.

Audubon has worked with building owners and managers in Minnesota and nationally for many years to reduce bird collision mortality through its BirdSafe/Lights Out program. As part of this program, Audubon volunteers survey downtown buildings in the Twin Cities and have found more than 125 species of native migratory birds that have fatally collided with windows since 2007. Read the rest of the article by clicking here (takes you to the National Audubon Society website.)

Click here to go to the Audubon Action Vikings Stadium page to sign an online petition

Do You Have Birds Hitting Your Windows?

Photo by Joanna Eckles

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 jenniferlynnkapp@gmail.com or Jerry Bahls at jobaud@comcast.net.

Purple Martin Festival this Sunday, June 15 at Baker Park Reserve

Purple Martin; photo: www.purplemartin.org

Purple Martin; photo: www.purplemartin.org

Come celebrate Purple Martins at Martinfest this Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm at the Baker National Golf Course in Baker Park Reserve. For directions to Baker Park Reserve, click here. Learn more about Purple Martins and the role they play in our environment by visiting the Purple Martin Conservation Association by clicking here.

Help pull Garlic Mustard in our natural areas

Garlic mustard out-competes tree seedlings and other native vegetation with adverse effects on the few remaining natural areas in our Park system, including the Roberts Bird Sanctuary and William Berry Woods. Help us repeat last year’s success in eliminating flowering plants at both sites, to help slow the spread of this invasive plant. Click here for the 2014 pull dates and more information.

Look for Spring Migrants during Saturday morning walks at Roberts Bird Sanctuary

Magnolia Warbler; photo: www.allaboutbirds.org

Magnolia Warbler; photo: www.allaboutbirds.org

Come to Roberts Bird Sanctuary on Saturday mornings during spring migration! We will look for birds that always pass through or breed there, such as Yellow Warblers, to regular migrants such as Magnolia and Blackburnian Warblers, and some that are very uncommon in Minneapolis but can show up in Roberts, such as Hooded and Connecticut Warblers. Steve Greenfield will lead the 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. They will take place in light rain but will be canceled if there is heavy rain or thunder & lightning in the area. 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.
Hooded Warbler; photo: www.allaboutbirds.org

Hooded Warbler; photo: www.allaboutbirds.org

Connecticut Warbler; photo: www.allaboutbirds.org

Connecticut Warbler; photo: www.allaboutbirds.org

Garden for Monarchs & other Wildlife with Wild Ones

monarch-butterfly_630_600x450Volunteer at two native plant gardens, the Nokomis Naturescape in Minneapolis and Horton Park in St. Paul, and help improve habitat for Monarchs and other wildlife. No experience necessary. Experienced gardeners from Wild Ones volunteer along side to provide guidance and answer questions.

Nokomis Naturescape

East 50th St. & East Nokomis Parkway, Minneapolis. We meet Tuesday evenings, weather permitting, May – September, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Join us when you can! Just show up! The Naturescape, a Monarch Waystation and National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat, includes 3 prairie gardens in need of caring attention. To volunteer or receive event emails, contact Vicki Bonk at 612-727-3562 or vbonk@usiwireless.com

Horton Park Native Plant Gardens

W. Minnehaha Ave at Hamline Ave N, St. Paul. We meet various dates & times. Native oak savanna, shade, and prairie gardens planted by volunteers with the support of the St. Paul Parks Department. Call Hannah at 651-644-6790 for more information.

2014 Landscape Revival: Native Plant Expo & Market on Saturday, June 7 from 9 am to 3 pm

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The Landscape Revival — Native Plant Expo and Market offers gardeners one convenient location to shop for Minnesota native plants from 12 local native growers and learn how to use the plants from eight conservation organizations. Accessory products such as organic compost, rain barrels and native plant seed will also be for sale. The goal of Landscape Revival is to promote the use of native plants by educating about their benefits for wildlife habitat, pollinators and water quality. The event is sponsored by Saint Paul Audubon Society, Wild Ones and Blue Thumb. Click here for more information.

Bird-Window Survey

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.

Minneapolis Audubon Society: Next Program September 12, 2014

The Minneapolis Audubon Society offers monthly program meetings except during the months of June, July and August. Programs are on the second Friday of the month and start at 1 pm. The next program is September 14 and includes the annual potluck lunch before the meeting. Everyone is welcome to bring a dish to share. Programs are held 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.