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May 2016 eNews - Audubon Minnesota 

Check out the Urban Birding Festival 
If you live in or near the Twin Cities, come out and enjoy the Urban Birding Festival from now until Sunday, May 22. As part of the festival, there will be screenings of The Messenger film at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, May 21 at 9 am and again at 3 pm. Join us to discuss how you can help birds!
 
Photo above: Prothonotary Warbler, Dominic Sherony, Flickr Creative Commons
Landowners encouraged to apply to new program in northwest Minnesota 
Northwest Minnesota is the only area in the country in which Tallgrass Aspen Parklands are found. Sharp-tailed Grouse, American Bitterns, and other birds in decline depend on this region's healthy grassland and wetland habitat to thrive. Audubon Minnesota partnered with Minnesota Land Trust to help landowners join a new program to conserve important habitat for birds and people in Polk, Red Lake, Pennington, Marshall, Kittson and Roseau counties. 
Photo above: Tallgrass Aspen Parklands, Justin Meissen, Flickr Creative Commons

Tell us more about you!

Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey. At Audubon Minnesota, we'd like a better understanding of what conservation efforts are important to you and also, what types of recreational activities you enjoy. Your responses are completely confidential and we appreciate you taking a few minutes to complete this survey. Please email us if you have any questions. Thank you!
Throughout spring, Audubon Minnesota has tabled at events, given presentations to hundreds of people, and partnered with various groups - like Conservation Minnesota, Fresh Energy, and the Lake Minnetonka Garden Club - to encourage the use of native plants to help climate-threatened birds like the Baltimore Oriole.
Above: Baltimore Oriole, Rebecca Field
How You Can Help
Above: Volunteers helped remove invasive species and clean up Lilydale Park in St. Paul in early May.
Featured Bird for May: Prothonotary Warbler (see top of email
The bright yellow Prothonotary Warbler can be heard calling "sweet-sweet-sweet" in the floodplain forests of southeast Minnesota. They are migratory champions, flying to Central and South America and back every year. The Prothonotary Warbler population has declined 40 percent since the 1960s and their preferred breeding habitat – swamps and forested wetlands – has also disappeared at an alarming rate. Volunteer to help plant trees and restore the floodplain forests on which these beautiful birds rely. 
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