The new Minnesota Vikings Stadium will not include bird-safe glass, despite months of impassioned pleas. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority made the final decision Friday.
The new Vikings stadium has 200,000 square feet of glass as part of its iconic design. Glass fabrication is well under way, with installation beginning in February. But officials overseeing construction of the billion-dollar facility met last week with bird advocates and the Vikings at 3M headquarters in Maplewood, telling lawmakers they asked the company if it could develop a new 3M adhesive film to cover the glass.
A hummingbird found far away from home in a St. Paul yard is now back home. Roufus hummingbirds are from the Pacific Northwest and winter in Mexico. Experts think the bird got lost in our first snow storm.
A rare hummingbird found in St. Paul is caught in the middle of a national decision on where to send it. A St. Paul resident found a rufous hummingbird in their backyard a few days before Monday’s snowstorm. “The homeowner was very concerned, knowing that the bird was really out of territory,” said Phil Jenni, executive director of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. “Typically we do not take healthy, adult animals.”
The National Sports Center in Blaine is going to be a zoo this Saturday — but in a really good way. The 2014 Midwest Family Pet Expo features events like wiener dog races (and wannabe wiener dog races, which should stoke anyone’s curiosity), a pet costume contest and demos about dog bite prevention and companion birds.
Families gathered at Carpenter Nature Center in Hastings Saturday afternoon to watch The Raptor Center release hawks and eagles back into the wild.
It’s the place to call when a hurt bird needs help. The Raptor Center’s wildlife hospital has treated more than 16,000 birds during the last 40 years. Already, it’s helped 580 owls, eagles and falcons in 2014.
The haunting cry of the common loon, Minnesota’s state bird, could disappear from the state due to climate change, along with more than half of Minnesota’s other bird species, according to a study by the National Audubon Society.
A prominent ornithological group says the forthcoming Vikings stadium will be a serious threat to birds unless its glass is changed. The Audubon Society said that they are calling on the team and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority to modify the stadium’s current specs.
A rare snowy owl that gained national attention when it was apparently hit by a bus in the nation’s capital is scheduled to be released into the wild after a rehab stint in Minnesota. The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota plans to release the owl on Saturday along the northern Minnesota and Wisconsin border.
Lots of folks will give a hoot about the far southeastern Minnesota community of Houston this weekend. The International Festival of Owls is expected to draw nearly 2,000 visitors Friday through Sunday to the city of 979 people.
It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for Heather Brown to dig into the Good Question mailbag to answer some of your best queries. And it looks like, despite it being so late in the season, people still have many questions about winter.
It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for Heather Brown to dig into the Good Question mailbag to answer some of your best queries. We start with a question many of you have written in this winter concerning.
It’s hard to believe any birds can tough out our Minnesota winters. Swans in Monticello choose to stay through the ice and snow, some even living on ice with only a patch of water nearby. But lately, the Department of Natural Resources has received a lot of calls about birds on ice. Nongame Wildlife Information Officer Lori Naumann says people think they’re stranded, but that’s usually not the case.