Minneapolis Audubon Society

(Please Note: the Minneapolis Audubon Society is a separate organization from the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis. The Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis strongly supports the activities of the Minneapolis Audubon Society. The two organizations often work together on projects that benefit birds and their habitat.)

Welcome all members and friends of the Minneapolis Audubon Society! We have an exciting year of programs to both educate and enrich your lives.

For more information about the chapter and programs, contact Sylvia Winkelman – sparrowsister2@comcast.net  (763 533-8381).

Programs begin at 1 pm and are held on the second Friday of each month at the Bryant Square Park Building, 3101 Bryant Av S, Minneapolis 55408 (Bryant Av S and W 31st St). The #4 bus stops right by the building and runs every 15 minutes. Programs are free and open to everyone and refreshments are served.

Want to become a member? Dues are $12.00 for singles; $18.00 for couples. Dues can be paid at the meetings. If you join by October, you will be included in this year’s directory. Dues also can be mailed to Barbara Franklin at 8440 West River Road, Brooklyn Park MN 55444.

Membership Form for Minneapolis Audubon Society (NOT the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis Membership Form)

Fall 2017 – Spring 2018

Friday, December 8, 2017: Wise Guys: Owls vs. Ravens

Melonie Shipman, traveling naturalist and former co-Executive Director, Audubon Center of the North Woods. Join the Minneapolis Audubon Society for food and enjoyment at the Bryant Square Neighborhood Center, 31st & Bryant Avenue S, just one block south of Lake Street, easily accessible via the #4 bus, which runs every 15 minutes! For more information call 763-533-8381.

 

Programs Fall 2016 – Spring 2017

September 9:**           POTLUCK LUNCH and POWDERHORN ALIVE – JOHN ARTHUR ANDERSON

John Arthur Anderson is a wildlife photographer for whom photography is much more than a hobby. He has a passion for capturing unique and wondrous moments which take place in the wild. After getting his start in wildlife photography in his native North Dakota around the Lake Darling region of Minot, Anderson moved to Minneapolis. It was because of Minneapolis that he would go on to name one of his main online galleries “Powderhorn Nature Photography,” which can be found at powderhorn.us.

** SEPT 9 BEGINS WITH POTUCK LUNCH 12:30, before program at 1:30

Bring a dish to share, plate & silverware.

October 14      TREASURES OF ROBERTS BIRD SANCTUARY – DR. DAVE ZUMETA

Dave Zumeta, Executive Director of the Minnesota Forest Resources Council, and consultant to Minneapolis Park Board Park Board concerning the improvement plan for the Roberts Bird Sanctuary will present a program about the Treasures of the Sanctuary. Although the Roberts Bird Sanctuary’s habitat has degraded over time due to invasive species, birds have always liked its location between Lake Harriet and Calhoun. Viewed from above, the chain of lakes is roughly parallel to the Mississippi River flyway, one of four major migration routes in the country and offers a wonderful opportunity for birders.

 

November 11  Program will take place as scheduled.   RIVER REVIVAL: Working Together To Save the Minnesota River – JOHN HICKMAN

See this documentary showcasing the efforts of people from all walks of life to improve and protect water quality in the Minnesota River Basin and talk with co-producer John Hickman of EPIC Media.

 

December 9     WORLD WIDE ANIMAL PHOTOS – DENNIS READY

Dennis Ready and his wife, Ellen Joseph, traveled to Madagascar, a fascinating country with a wide range of habitats, including rain forests, deserts, mountains and tropical beaches, to see and photograph lemurs. With over 100 species most are endangered due to habitat loss primarily from slash and burn agriculture.

 

January 13       BIRDS OF MN STATE PARKS – BOB JANSSEN

Bob Janssen, author of Birds of Minnesota State Parks, a labor of love which was 11 years in the making will share his experiences.

 

February 10     A MILLENNIAL’S GUIDE TO BIRDING – BOB DUNLAP

Bob Dunlap, Zoologist/Data Specialist at Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will present “A Millennial’s Guide to Birding.” His life list now includes all the birds that regularly occur in Minnesota as well as many in other countries (including the U.S., Mexico, Costa Rica, and Ecuador.)

 

March 10         BIRDS OF PERU – CARROL HENDERSON

Carrol Henderson, Nongame Wildlife Program Supervisor for the Minnesota DNR, will share photos and experiences from his recent trip to Peru.

 

April 14           MINNESOTA BATS & WHITE NOSE SYNDROME – CHRISTI SPAK

Christi Spak, Zoologist, Minnesota Biological Survey, MNDNR-Division of Ecological and Water Resources. Minnesota is now on the leading edge of White-nose syndrome; a fungal disease that has killed at least 5.5 million hibernating bats in the United States and Canada since its discovery in New York in 2007. With bats playing such an integral role in the ecosystem consuming thousands of insects each night, the effects of this epidemic are likely very far-reaching. The ecology and biology of Minnesota’s bats will be discussed; the aspects that threaten their survival and the latest research that could help limit the spread of this deadly disease.

 

May 12            BOOMING FROM THE MISTS OF NOWHERE – GREG HOCH

For ten months of the year, the prairie-chicken’s drab colors allow it to disappear into the landscape. However, in April and May this grouse is one of the most outrageously flamboyant birds in North America. Competing with each other for the attention of females, males gather before dawn in an explosion of sights and sounds—“booming from the mists of nowhere,” as Aldo Leopold wrote decades ago. There’s nothing else like it, and it is perilously close to being lost. Greg Hoch, ecologist and author of Booming from the Mists of Nowhere: the Story of the Greater Prairie-Chicken shows that we can ensure that this iconic bird flourishes once again.

 

Programs begin at 1 p.m., second Friday of each month, at the Bryant Square Park Building in Minneapolis.

Located at the corner of Bryant Avenue South and 31st Street (one block south of Lake Street).

 OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – EVERYONE WELCOME