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July 2016 eNews - Audubon Minnesota 

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Photo above: American Bittern, Caleb Putnam, Flickr Creative Commons
MSFA, Vikings and Audubon Collaborate on Monitoring Study at U.S. Bank Stadium 
A week before the opening of the U.S. Bank Stadium, the Minnesota Sports Facility Authority (MSFA) announced that a scientific study to monitor bird-window collisions at the new stadium will be led by Audubon Minnesota, National Audubon Society, University of Minnesota and Oklahoma State University. The study will begin in the spring of 2017, with the study analysis to be released in 2019. USA TODAY, KARE 11, KSTP, MPR, the Star Tribune, and a number of other news outlets covered the story. Read more about the agreement here
Photo above: U.S. Bank Stadium, Joanna Eckles 
St. Paul is Minnesota's newest Bird City 
St. Paul is now Minnesota’s second Bird City, a pilot project within Audubon Minnesota’s Bird-Friendly Communities program. Bird City promotes and celebrates communities that improve bird habitat, reduce threats to birds, and engage their citizens in conservation action. Read more about Bird City Minnesota.
Photo above: City of St. Paul, Tony Andrea, Flickr Creative Commons
New program engages private landowners in NW Minnesota
In partnership with Minnesota Land Trust, Audubon Minnesota received funding from the Outdoor Heritage Fund for private-land conservation and habitat restoration in northwest Minnesota. This new program is based in the Tallgrass Aspen Parklands region, which supports over 289 bird species. We aim to establish 450 acres of permanent conservation easements with private landowners, and to restore 140 acres, focusing on prairie and wetland habitats critical to birds. Through the efforts of Alex Wardwell, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands restoration specialist, we received 15 applications recommending over 2,000 acres for easements. Learn more or watch for updates here.
Photo above: Tallgrass Aspen Parklands, Justin Meissen, Flickr Creative Commons
Buffer map now available 
Last week, the DNR released the Minnesota map of where vegetation buffers will be required in Minnesota. The buffer strip law requires perennial vegetation buffers of up to 50 ft. along rivers, streams, and ditches. Buffers improve water quality by reducing erosion and polluted runoff. Buffers will also help create habitat and protect aquatic life important to birds. Once implemented, buffers are estimated to affect 110,000 acres of land for water quality. See the map for yourself.
Save the date for Chimney Swift Sit
Keep your eyes to the skies! The annual Chimney Swift Sit will be held July 28-31 and August 26-28. Chimney Swifts are amazing aerial insectivores and we can all appreciate a bird that eats mosquitoes. Sadly, these swifts have declined by nearly 50% in the last 50 years. Our annual counts are part of a nationwide effort to track numbers and trends. Read more here or sign up for notifications about the Chimney Swift Sit. 
Photo above: Rebecca Field, Chimney Swift 
Featured bird for July: American Bitterns (see top of email
American Bitterns are climate-endangered birds that rely heavily on good water quality and healthy marshes that make ideal nesting habitat and feeding grounds. Learn more about these birds by reading Master of Disguise or read Audubon Minnesota's conservation plan for American Bitterns (PDF). 

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