To fulfill our mission, the Friends of Roberts works to:
Working to Prevent Bird-Window Collisions
and Deaths at U.S. Bank Stadium
Despite the efforts of many people and agencies that worked during planning and design to ensure that the Stadium (which is in the Mississippi Flyway) would be safe for birds, the Stadium was built with highly-reflective glass that is killing birds. Since 2016, 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) has been working to make the Stadium safe for birds.
In 2018, the coalition hosted a series of presentations by experts to help formulate retrofitting solutions for the 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.