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as an undeveloped natural area for birds, other wildlife and humans.


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Spring Events in the Sanctuary

Black-throated Green Warbler. Photo by William H. Majoros.


Guided Bird Walks during Spring Migration

Tuesdays @ 9 a.m. & Saturdays @ 8 a.m.


Many migrating birds visit the Sanctuary on their long journeys! Friends of Roberts will lead bird walks at 8 a.m. on Saturday mornings starting April 21 and continuing through May. 


The Minneapolis Audubon Society will also lead bird walks in Roberts, as it has for almost 100 years. Come and bird with people who carry on the legacy of those early birders. These walks start at 9 a.m. every Tuesday during April and May. Last May the group recorded 42 species in a single day!


The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) will lead birdwatching walks at 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month through October.


For all walks, please meet in the visitors shelter at the east entrance, near the parking lot. (Note: this parking lot is a pay lot; some people park on Lake Harriet Parkway as a free alternative.) 


For information about birds in the Sanctuary, visit our Facebook page or contact Steve Greenfield.

New & Returning Education Programs in the Sanctuary


This Spring, Friends of Roberts will offer several educational programs led by naturalist Wes Nugteren, an assistant teacher and naturalist at Dodge Nature Preschool who has been guiding nature tours for over seven years. These events are free and open to the public. Each walk starts with a short overview at the Visitors Shelter (at the east entrance) and continues with a stroll through the Sanctuary. People of all ages are welcome, including children accompanied by their parents or another caregiver. Pre-registration is not required.


Tremendous Trees in the Sanctuary

Saturday, March 24, 1 p.m.

Learn about the trees that provide so many benefits to birds and other wildlife in all seasons, including winter! In the absence of leaves, tree forms, bark, and buds provide clues to identification.


Beginning Birding for Kids

Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m.

One of the best times to hear and see birds is during Spring migration! Binoculars are not required, but if possible, bring your own!


Birds & Botany

Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. 

Learn about the plants that live in the Sanctuary (including the invasive species we work so hard to eradicate) and the birds who love them!


Tremendous Trees in the Sanctuary

Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m.

Join Friends of Roberts on a guided walk to discover trees in the Sanctuary! We will start with a short overview at the visitors shelter at the east entrance, and then stroll for an hour or so in the Sanctuary as we learn about the trees that provide so many benefits to birds and other wildlife in all seasons! We'll study the leaves, forms, and bark of trees to give us clues to their identification.


For more information about programs in the Sanctuary, visit our Facebook page or contact Mary Ellingen.


Help Pull Invasive Species in the Sanctuary! 

Pulling garlic mustard is easy with gloves and a trowel (for the big plants with deeper roots). The weeds decompose in a permanent "quarantine bin" next to the parking lot near the visitors shelter, which prevents the plants from seeding and spreading.  

Pulls will begin the first week of May and occur also in William Berry Woods, another remnant native plant community which is near Roberts and also part of the Chain of Lakes Important Bird Area. 

Roberts Bird Sanctuary (look for signs at the visitors shelter):
-  Tuesday, May 8 from 5 to 7 p.m.
-  Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

William Berry Woods (look for signs at the picnic table near the sidewalk):
-  Tuesdays, June 5 and June 12 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Update on Efforts to Prevent Bird Collisions at U.S. Bank Stadium:

Experts will present at a series of public meetings

A coalition of bird conservation groups (including Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis (ACM), Minnesota Citizens for the Protection of Migratory Birds and Friends of Roberts Bird Sanctuary) is hosting a series of presentations by experts to help formulate retrofitting solutions to the bird collision problem at U.S. Bank Stadium


On March 21, one of the world’s foremost experts on bird-glass collisions, Dr. Daniel Klem Jr., spoke on “The Effects of Glass in Buildings on Bird Mortality” at Springbrook Nature Center in Fridley.


On April 18, Director of the Glass Collisions Program at the American Bird Conservancy, Dr. Christine Sheppard, spoke on “Why Birds Collide with Glass and How We Can Stop Them,” at Beth El Synagogue in Saint Louis Park.


On Wednesday, June 13, Michael Mesure, Executive Director of the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP), will present “Your Pane is Their Pain,” starting at 6:30 p.m. at Brookdale Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.


For information about the Stadium Retrofit Committee, contact Jerry Bahls at jobaud@comcast.net.


The coalition's report, Bird Mortality at U.S. Bank Stadium During Fall Migration 2016, is available from the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis.


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