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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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Autumn in the Sanctuary

Autumn is a very beautiful and busy time in the Sanctuary. Many thousands of more than 325 bird species make the round-trip each year along the Mississippi Flyway, from their breeding grounds in Canada and the northern United States to their wintering grounds along the Gulf of Mexico and in Central and South America. Many migrants stop and rest in the Sanctuary during their long journeys. Friends of Roberts offers bird walks led by expert birders, to listen and look for migrants.

 

Autumn is also the best time to pull buckthorn, an invasive species that threatens the diversity of forests, wetlands, prairies, and other natural habitats, by out-competing native plants for nutrients, light, and moisture. Friends of Roberts actively work to eradicate buckthorn in the Sanctuary and host several buckthorn pulls each year.

 

The Friends' annual meeting in November is open to the public. In 2017, we are pleased to welcome Robert Janssen, a legendary birder, as the keynote speaker.

New Program:

Birds & Botany in the Sanctuary

 

Join Friends of Roberts on a guided walk to discover birds and botany in the Sanctuary! Our guide will
be Wesley Nugteren, a professional naturalist and experienced teacher. Free and open to the public.

 

When:  Wednesday, September 13 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Meet in the visitors shelter at the east entrance near the Peace Garden parking lot. (Note: this parking lot is a pay lot; parking on Lake Harriet Parkway is free.)

Who: People of all ages are welcome, including children accompanied by a parent or other caregiver. 

2017 Fall Migration

Guided Bird Walks

 

Join Friends of Roberts to look and listen for fall migrants! All ages and levels of birders are welcome on these walks led by expert birders. Walks start in the visitors shelter at the east entrance to the Sanctuary, south of the Peace Garden off Roseway Road. Free and open to the public.

[photo of Mourning Warbler by Stephen Greenfield]

 

When:  8:00 to 9:30 a.m. September 2, 9, 16 and 23 

Where: Meet in the visitors shelter at the east entrance near the Peace Garden parking lot.
(Note: this parking lot is a pay lot; some people park on Lake Harriet Parkway as a free alternative.)

Who: People of all ages are welcome, including children accompanied by a parent or other caregiver. 

Habitat Restoration

2017 Buckthorn Pulls

 

Join Friends of Roberts as we work to eradicate buckthorn in the Sanctuary and nearby.

Tools and training are provided. Bring gloves and water to drink.

Pulls are scheduled at two sites: Roberts Bird Sanctuary and William Berry Woods, which is the woods northwest of the Sanctuary, between Lake Harriet and Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun).

 

Buckthorn is an invasive species that threatens the diversity of forests, wetlands, prairies and other natural areas. In the Sanctuary, buckthorn degrades wildlife habitat and out-competes native plants for nutrients, light, and moisture. 

 

Pulls in William Berry Woods: 

Saturday, October 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Part of Linden Hills Nice Neighbors Day)

Saturday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: To find the pull site, follow signs from the picnic table that runs from William Berry Parkway to Richfield Road.

Who: People over 10 are welcome, including children accompanied by a parent or other caregiver.

 

Pulls in Roberts Bird Sanctuary: 

Saturday, October 14 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 29 from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Meet at the west entrance near the Lake Harriet bandshell; follow signs on Bossen Lane to the pull site. (Note: this parking lot is a pay lot; some people park on Lake Harriet Parkway as a free alternative.)

Who: People over 10 are welcome, including children accompanied by a parent or other caregiver.

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