The Friends of Roberts Bird Sanctuary is a non-profit corporation

dedicated to protecting, preserving and enhancing the Sanctuary

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


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Guided Bird Walks in the Sanctuary

Great-horned Owlet. Photo by Shane Smith.


Friends of Roberts volunteers will lead bird walks during Fall migration

every Saturday morning starting at 8 a.m. from August 25 through September 22.

(dates: August 25, September 1, 8, 15, and 22)


A naturalist from the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board will lead

birdwatching walks at 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month through October.

(dates: August 15, September 19, October 17)


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.

Education Programs in the Sanctuary


This year, 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.

Special thanks to the East Harriet-Farmstead Neighborhood Association for funding these walks in 2018!


Birds & Botany

Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. 

Learn about the plants that live in the Sanctuary and the birds and animals that love them!



Beginning Birding for Kids

Saturday, September 15, 10:00 a.m. 

One of the best times to hear and see birds is during

Fall migration. This guided bird walk is especially for young people (with their adult guardians)!


Natural History of Roberts Bird Sanctuary

Saturday, November 3, 1 p.m. 

Learn about the natural history of the land that became the Sanctuary, observing plants and animals and how the landscape has evolved.


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


Working to Prevent Bird Collisions at U.S. Bank Stadium:

Experts presented 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) recently hosted 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 June 13, Michael Mesure, Executive Director of the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP), presented “Legislative Solutions for Migratory Bird-Glass Collisions,” at Brookdale Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center.


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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