Birds

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The Push To Make Minneapolis’ Skyways Safer For Birds

The effort to save migrating birds from deadly collisions with glass is about to be back before the Minneapolis City Council.

05/11/2015

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Bird Flu Strikes 2 More Flocks, Upping Total Affected To 82

The bird flu virus continues to infect flocks in Minnesota. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health said Tuesday that two flocks in Kandiyohi are likely to have tested positive for the disease, which would bump the total number of affected farms to 82.

05/05/2015

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MSFA: No Bird-Safe Glass At Vikings Stadium

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.

01/17/2015

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Vikings Meet With Bird Advocates, 3M, On Bird-Safe Glass

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.

12/10/2014

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Rare Hummingbird Found In St. Paul Now Back Home

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.

11/24/2014

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Rare Hummingbird’s St. Paul Detour Causes Nat’l Buzz

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.”

11/13/2014

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Pet Blog: Midwest Family Pet Expo

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.

10/03/2014

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Raptor Center Releases Rehabilitated Birds

Families gathered at Carpenter Nature Center in Hastings Saturday afternoon to watch The Raptor Center release hawks and eagles back into the wild.

09/27/2014

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Raptor Center Preps For Release Of Rehabilitated Birds

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.

09/25/2014

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Audubon: Climate Change Threatens Minnesota Birds

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.

09/09/2014

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Audubon Society: New Stadium Could Be ‘Death Trap’ To Birds

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.

07/23/2014

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Post-Rehab, Injured Snowy Owl Ready To Be Released

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.

04/18/2014

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Owl Festival Draws Bird Lovers To SE Minnesota

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.

03/07/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All': Birds, Colds & Calendars

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.

02/28/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All': Birds, Colds & Calendars

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.

02/21/2014

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DNR: Don’t Try To Rescue Swans Who Look Stranded On Ice

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.

12/26/2013

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Doctor: Lead Bullets Poisoning Minnesota’s Raptors

Hunters across the state have been waiting for this weekend as deer season starts. And as Minnesotans load up to head out, a veterinarian at the University of Minnesota Raptor Center is making a plea. Eagles it seems are being taken down by bullets, without even being hit.

11/08/2013

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Good Question Reply All: Stadium Lights, Goose Bumps, And More

Heather Brown answers all your questions, from where did goose bumps get its name to where do bird go during a thunderstorm.

10/04/2013

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Wildlife Center Seeing More Injured Turtles This Year

We are surrounded by wildlife here in Minnesota. Every once in a while you’ll see a sick or injured animal. The Twin Cities is home to one of the largest independent wildlife medical centers in the nation.

09/30/2013

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Baby Animals May Not Need Your Help

Minnesota is in the midst of a baby boom. Everything from squirrels to birds to bunnies to deer is breeding and that has the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center busy.

05/23/2013

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John Williams Video Smack Down For 4-30!

Bird dancing to DAFT PUNK! You gotta be kidding me!

04/30/2013

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Good Question: Are Birds Built For This Weather?

The first robin is often thought of as a sign of spring. But the first hundred robins hanging out in your front yard? That’s the sign of a Good Question.

04/15/2013

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Tracking Falcons’ Comeback Along The Mississippi

Jackie Fallon is a falcon fan. The vice president of field operations for the Midwest Peregrine Society was up before sunrise last week to make a trip along U.S. Hwy. 61 and check on several peregrine falcon nesting sites.

04/08/2013

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Tough Winter Forces Owls South In Hunt For Food

It’s been a tough winter for owls in parts of North America, and the evidence is turning up on roadsides, at bird feeders and at a wildlife rehabilitation center in Minnesota.

03/13/2013

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