Our Projects

To fulfill our mission, the Friends of Roberts works to:

  • Safeguard the integrity of the Sanctuary as an undeveloped natural area connecting people with nature. 
  • Enhance through education visitors' appreciation and understanding of Minnesota's birds and native wildlife and their natural envronments as part of an intricate and balanced web of life. 
  • Promote and assist in the implementation of management techniques in and near the Sanctuary that protect and enhance water quality and wildlife habitat. 

Spring

Summer

  • Planting native vegetation

 

Autumn

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.

 

For more information about the Stadium Retrofit Committee, contact Jerry Bahls at jobaud@comcast.net and visit the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis website.

 

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We are always in need of volunteers. Whether you're young or old, we would love to have your help! Please fill out the form below to let us know you are interested in helping out in the Sanctuary. 

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