Friends of Roberts Bird Sanctuary

Please join the Friends of Roberts Bird Sanctuary.  To join contact Matt Johnson at or call him at (612) 298-5509 or email Constance Pepin at

The purpose of the Friends organization is:

“to protect, preserve, and enhance the Roberts Bird Sanctuary in Minneapolis, Minnesota as a sustainable and thriving habitat and sanctuary for birds and other native wildlife; to safeguard the integrity of the Roberts Bird Sanctuary as an undeveloped natural area connecting people with nature; to enhance through education visitors’ appreciation and understanding of Minnesota’s birds and native wildlife and their natural environments as part of an intricate and balanced web of life; to promote and to assist in the implementation of management techniques in and near the Sanctuary that protect and enhance water quality and wildlife habitat.”

To receive email updates from the Friends, please email Matt Johnson at or Constance at

Roberts Bird Sanctuary

Roberts Bird Sanctuary is located on the north side of Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. There is a Visitor’s Shelter on the east end of the Sanctuary across the street from the Rose Garden. The address of the Visitors Shelter is 4125 Roseway Road, Minneapolis.

Roberts Revitalization Project Priorities & Recommendations

Click on the link above to read the white paper submitted by the ACM to the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) in November 2010 regarding the long-term management of the Sanctuary. MPRB staff are working on the draft plan now. We hope our recommendations and priorities will be incorporated in it. The draft will be available for public comment in mid-to-late summer 2011.

One owlet eating a crow

A family of Great Horned Owls is nesting in Roberts Bird Sanctuary. On May 15, Deb Chryssanthis took the two above photos of the owlets eating a crow given to them by their mother. If you go to see the owls, for their sake, please be quiet and keep your distance.

Establishing and maintaining  buffer zones around bird sanctuaries and wildlife refuges is an example of applying Best Management Practices (BMPs) to the management of these sites. Below are some documents that discuss the purpose and importance of buffer zones.

UN Environment Programme statement on buffer zones

Audubon Society of Portland – buffer zones

University of Kentucky Extension Service Guide to Urban Habitat Conservation Planning

The entries below address some of the time and effort that has already been put into the Roberts Revitalization Project.

Roberts Revitalization Project brochure


Early meadow-rue and Jack-in-the-pulpit are two of the desirable native plants found in Roberts.

Jack-in-the-pulpit; photo by Jenn Gillen
Early meadow rue at Roberts Bird Sanctuary (photo by Jenn Gillen)
Early meadow-rue; photo by Jenn Gillen



Common buckthorn; photo by NPS

THE BAD…   Common buckthorn, Glossy buckthorn, and Garlic mustard are some of the invasive plants found at Roberts. 

Garlic mustard; photoby John Randall