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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Summer Guided Bird Walks

Great-horned Owlet. Photo by Shane Smith.


The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board will host "Wednesdays on the Wing" walks
led by a naturalist at 6 p.m. every Wednesday April - September.


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.

2019 Education Programs in the Sanctuary


Friends of Roberts is pleased to offer several educational programs led by naturalists and ecologists. These events are free and open to the public. Each walk starts with a short overview in the Visitors Shelter (at the east entrance) and continues with a stroll through the Sanctuary to observe and learn.


Beginning Bugs for Kids

Saturday, July 27 @ 10 a.m.

Take a guided walk to observe insects in the Sanctuary! Jessica Miller, an insect expert and teacher with a Masters in Entymology from the University of Minnesota, will help us identify insects and will explain how they contribute to the ecosystem and reflect the health of the water. 


Climate Change & the Canopy

June 22 @ 10 a.m.

Take a stroll through the Sanctuary with ecologist and author, Douglas Owens-Pike, to learn about how climate change will likely affect trees in the Sanctuary (and our region) and the implications of these changes for Sanctuary stewards and others who care about trees and wildlife.


According to Minnesota researchers, "the climate is likely to change too fast for plant species to migrate to their new locations, and people will probably need to use assisted migration, which would mean moving and replacing the plants and trees that can’t survive the new climate." http://m.startribune.com/climate-change-threatens-minnesota-s-forests/502090221/

Owens-Pike has a master’s degree in plant ecology and decades of field experience and knowledge. For over 25 years he owned EnergyScapes, an eco-landscaping business with the goal of moving landscape design toward more ecologically sustainable solutions. His first book, Beautifully Sustainable, gives practical knowledge about making landscaping more sustainable with less work. He is currently building a nursery to propagate the best trees for our new climate at his farm and writing his next book, Trees for the Future. 


Birds & Botany in the Sanctuary

June 29 @ 10 a.m.

& September TBD

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



Beginning Birding for Kids

April & September 

The best time to hear and see birds is during

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


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

Experts presented at a series of public meetings

In 2018, 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) 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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