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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Special Event:

Hey love birds, love birds?

Thursday, February 14, 2019

5:00 to 6:00 p.m.


Please join us on Valentine's Day 2019 and stroll at dusk through the Sanctuary enjoying all the beauty and love in this wonderful and special place for birds and wildlife. We'll munch on cookies and sip hot cocoa as we walk and listen for the calls of owls!

On February 16, 1858, Thomas Sadler Roberts was born. We think Dr. Roberts would be pleased to know so much love is happening in his namesake sanctuary to recognize his birthday.

All are welcome! This free event is for singles, couples and families, to celebrate our love of birds and other wildlife. Meet at the visitors shelter at the east entrance. Bring a flashlight and be prepared for winter trail conditions--wear layers and boots. Refreshments are free, and please bring your own plastic-free cup for the hot cocoa.

Coming this Spring: Guided Bird Walks

Great-horned Owlet. Photo by Shane Smith.


Friends of Roberts volunteers will lead bird walks during Spring migration

every Saturday morning starting at 8 a.m. from April 27 through May 25.

(dates: April 27, May 4, 11, 18, and 25)


The Minneapolis Audubon Society will lead bird walks at 9 a.m. every Tuesday in April & May.


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.

2018 Education Programs in the Sanctuary


Last year, Friends of Roberts offered 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 were free and open to the public. Each walk started with a short overview at the Visitors Shelter (at the east entrance) and continued with a stroll through the Sanctuary to observe and learn.

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


Birds & Botany

Saturday, August 11 

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



Beginning Birding for Kids

Saturday, September 15 

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 

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

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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