About the Friends

The Friends of Roberts Bird Sanctuary, Inc. is a Minnesota non-profit corporation formed in 2013. Our mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance the Sanctuary as a thriving, undeveloped habitat and sanctuary for birds and other native wildlife. 



About the Sanctuary

Thomas Sadler Roberts Bird Sanctuary is a 31-acre undeveloped natural area located in Lyndale Park near the Peace Garden, north of Lake Harriet. Part of the Chain of Lakes Regional Park, the Sanctuary is managed by the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board. The Sanctuary was established in 1936 and renamed in 1947 to honor Thomas Sadler Roberts. Friends of Roberts Bird Sanctuary are committed to ongoing advocacy and stewardship of this priceless resource. 



Thomas Sadler Roberts

Thomas Sadler Roberts

(1858-1946) was a University of Minnesota professor of ornithology and Director of the Museum of Natural History (now the Bell Museum). Dr. Sadler authored The Birds of Minnesota and is known as the father of Minnesota ornithology.

Meet the board members of the Friends of Roberts

Matthew Johnson

Brian Nalezny

Stephen Greenfield

Constance Pepin

Rachel Augusta

If you would like to read more about one of the first master naturalists in Minnesota, please download the bio of Thomas Sadler Roberts.
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