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Join Friends of Roberts at our 5th annual meeting, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. at the Bryant Square Community Center in Minneapolis (3101 Bryant Ave S). This event is free and open to the general public.
Our speaker will be Robert Janssen, one of Minnesota's top birding experts. For many years he was editor of the quarterly journal of the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union and is a past MOU president. Bob was a coordinator of the Minnesota Breeding Bird Survey for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and consults for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and other agencies. He works tirelessly to preserve Thomas Sadler Roberts' legacy, and is author of several books on Minnesota birds, including Birds in Minnesota and Birds of Minnesota State Parks.
All are welcome and there is no charge. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the Friends of Roberts will offer refreshments and have a brief welcome and Board meeting until Bob Janssen's presentation begins at 1 p.m.
At the 4th annual meeting of the Friends of Roberts Bird Sanctuary (November 12, 2016), our speaker was Sue Leaf, author of A Love Affairs with Birds, the first full biography of Thomas Sadler Roberts, bird enthusiast, doctor, author, curator, educator, conservationist. "Every chapter in Roberts' life is also a chapter in the state's history, and in his story acclaimed author Sue Leaf--an avid bird enthusiast and nature lover herself--captures a true Minnesota character and this time." ~ University of Minnesota Press
At the 3rd annual Friends of Roberts Bird Sanctuary meeting (November 21, 2015) Heather Holm spoke about trees, shrubs, and other vegetation that provide habitat for birds and other wildlife in the Sanctuary. Author of Pollinators of Native Plants and Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide, she is a passionate advocate for the use of native plants to attract and support pollinators, beneficial insects, and wildlife.
At the 2nd annual meeting of the Friends of Roberts (October 26, 2014), our special guest was Ann Marie Journey, a scientist, researcher, and Minneapolis Team Leader with the Hennepin County Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP). Ann Marie provided an "insider's view" of the Sanctuary's wetland, including a historical perspective, current status, and how the wetland's health is monitored.