The mission of the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis is to inform and educate our members and the public about birds and other wildlife and the demands that a large metropolitan area puts on their habitat; to engage in advocacy to preserve; to protect and improve existing habitat; and to develop and maintain new bird and wildlife sanctuaries, including backyards, to enhance the human experience.
Chapter meetings are held at Beth El Synagogue, 5224 West 26th Street, St. Louis Park on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM from September through May. Program speakers cover a wide variety of topics related to birding, nature, and conservation interests. Coming to the meetings is not only informative and/or inspirational, but is an excellent way to meet other birding enthusiasts.
In 1939 the Minneapolis Public Library organized seven science clubs for citizens interested in various aspects of the natural environment. One of these, the Minneapolis Bird Club, met monthly and went on birdwatching field trips. In 1949, the Minneapolis Bird Club became a branch of the National Audubon Society, and in 1975 the name was changed to the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis.
The Conservation Committee is dedicated to improving bird conservation through public outreach and education, research, and activism. Some focal initiatives for the CC include window collision monitoring and research, the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Program, the Bluebird Recovery Program, and removal of invasive plant species such as buckthorn and garlic mustard.
The Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis currently has about 3000 members which have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities ranging from field trips, attending program meetings, and helping with conservation efforts. Your membership dues helps support local, statewide and national conservation and education efforts.
Education and Field Trips
The first bird class developed and organized by ACM was held in 1939 and continues today. We offer a range of field trips led by expert birders to a variety of Minnesota's habitats. We also supply curriculum materials called "Audubon Adventures" to elementary classrooms in our area.
Bluebird Recovery Program
This nationally recognized program was formed in 1978 with the goal of restoring bluebird populations in Minnesota. We have had significant success in bringing back the bluebird populations with the erection and monitoring of nestboxes around the state.
Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery
This program was formed in 2007 with the goal of restoring Red-headed woodpecker populations in Minnesota and the country. For the past eight years, they have been studying a large population at the University of Minnesota facility at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve.