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August 2016 eNews - Audubon Minnesota

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Photo above: Belted Kingfisher, Rebecca Field
Minneapolis community helps paint a mural for clean water
Audubon Minnesota and Articulture’s Youth Arts Collaborative (YAC) are partnering to create a special public arts mural with additional support from SENA. The installation is located at a busy intersection in south Minneapolis and YAC teens designed the mural with support from professional teaching artists. The imagery tells the story of what it means to live in a “River City,” within the Mississippi Flyway, where protecting our clean water resources for birds and people is a responsibility and a way of life. On Aug. 6, the Minneapolis community was invited to come out, help paint the mural, and talk about actions they can take to keep our water clean. 

Learn more about what Audubon Minnesota is doing for clean water conservation or email us to learn more about how you can help.
Photo above: A mother and her son add red paint to the clean water mural. Credit: Katie Burns
Photo below: The mural depicts Minnesota birds and plants that benefit from clean water.
Chimney Swift Sit scheduled for Aug. 26 - 28
Thank you to everyone who participated in the July sit! There is another Chimney Swift Sit this weekend, Aug. 26-28, and we hope you'll take some time to look for these amazing aerial insectivores. Swifts have declined by nearly 50% in the last 40 years and our annual counts are part of a nationwide effort to track numbers and trends, and to make conservation recommendations. Read more here or sign up for notifications about the sit.
 
Photo above: Chimney Swifts returning to roost. Credit: Steve Benolt, Flickr Creative Commons
Advocating for bird-safe skyways
The City of Minneapolis is working with bird conservation organizations including Audubon Minnesota and the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis to incorporate bird-safety into their requirements for new skyways. A recent MinnPost article highlighted the work: "...skyway glass can present several problems that confuse flying birds. They can reflect habitat and sky, they can appear to be a pass-through, and they glow at night due to interior lighting in a way that attracts migrating birds." Read more about the bird-safe skyway ordinance in this article from Peter Callaghan.
Photo above: A skyway in Minneapolis with reflective glass that may be confusing to birds.
Photo credit: Joanna Eckles 
Featured bird for August: Belted Kingfisher (see top of email
Belted Kingfishers are often first noticed by a wild rattling call as it flies over rivers or lakes. It may be seen perched on a high snag, or hovering on rapidly beating wings, then plunging headfirst into the water to grab a fish. Improving or maintaining high water quality standards where Belted Kingfishers forage will help this species. - Audubon Field Guide 

Learn more about Audubon Minnesota's conservation plan for Belted Kingfishers (PDF). 

How You Can Help

  • Volunteer with Audubon Minnesota!
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  • Sign up to take action on important conservation issues impacting Minnesota's birds.
  • Fill out this survey. We'd like to better understand of what conservation efforts are important to you and also, what recreational activities you enjoy. Your responses are completely confidential. Thank you!
Photo above: A volunteer from Aveda helps with a Mississippi River floodplain restoration project . 
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