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October 2016 eNews - Audubon Minnesota

Photo above: Common Merganser, Rebecca Field
Bird-friendly project puts prairie in kids' hands 
St. Croix Preparatory Academy, Audubon Minnesota, and several partners announced that the school will be the site for a new prairie restoration project on Friday, Oct. 28. More than 1,100 St. Croix Prep students and 120 staff, along with many parents and community partners, will come together to plant and seed nearly 10 acres. There is a great need for prairie restoration: less than one percent of North American prairies remain that serve as high quality bird habitat.
Photo above: Students from St. Croix Prep gather prairie seeds. Credit: Ashley Peters
Give to the Max Day - Nov. 17, 2016
The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker migrates great distances every year, gracing forests with its striking black and white stripes and vivid red cap. Despite its funny name, it faces a serious danger: collisions with buildings along its migratory journeys. All migrating birds face urban hazards along their seasonal trips. Help make bird migration journeys safer through our Lights Out, Bird-Safe Buildings, and advocacy efforts. Thank you for your support! 
Photo above: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Photo credit: Terry Lorenc
In the News: Joanna Eckles speaking at conference in Wisconsin
Joanna Eckles, Audubon Minnesota Bird-Friendly Communities Manager, will speak later this week at the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative annual meeting in Wausau, WI. This year’s event is themed “Protecting Birds through Action and Art.” Top-flight speakers will include Kenn Kaufmann, Tom Will and others. Read more.
Event: Paul Douglas speaking at book release event
Meteorologist Paul Douglas will be speaking at a book release event on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. in Minneapolis (Minnehaha Academy Upper School). Douglas and Evangelical Environmental Network Director Mitch Hescox will talk about their new book Caring for CreationAudubon Minnesota encourages community discussions about climate change because it will take a diverse network of people coming together to protect the planet for birds and people. The first 500 attendees will receive a free copy of the book and the event is FREE.
Featured bird for Sept.: Common Merganser (see photo at top
Lake Pepin is an important migratory stopover and provides critical habitat for birds like the Common Merganser. The lake also helps to improve the quality of Mississippi River water for hundreds of miles downstream. Unfortunately, Lake Pepin is filling in with sediment at 10 times its historical rate. Audubon Minnesota is working with Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance and other partners to ensure a healthy lake and river, habitat for birds and wildlife, better recreational access, and a stronger local economy. Read more about saving the Common Merganser's habitat. 
Photo below: Tim Schlagenhaft, Audubon Minnesota Upper Mississippi River Program Manager, describes Lake Pepin's restoration needs on a community outreach trip last summer.
Photo Credit: Samantha Bengs

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