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June 2016 eNews - Audubon Minnesota 

Summer is here! 
Read below to learn more about: Audubon Minnesota's new executive director, a solar garden law that benefits birds and bees, Mississippi River floodplain forests, bird-safe homes and buildings, Cerulean Warblers, and how you can help Minnesota's birds.  
Photo above: Cerulean Warbler, Rebecca Field
Welcome, Molly Pederson!
Please join us in welcoming Molly Pederson as Audubon Minnesota's new executive director. Most recently, Molly served as Senior Policy Advisor for Gov. Mark Dayton, covering the areas of environment, energy, agriculture, and commerce. Her accomplishments include spearheading the successful water summit earlier this year and securing passage of the Governor’s buffer initiative, which benefits water quality and bird habitat. Visit our website to learn more about Molly and Audubon Minnesota. 
Making solar gardens better for bees, butterflies, and birds
Audubon Minnesota is working with Fresh Energy and other partners to encourage the use of pollinator-friendly native plants on solar sites which will also benefit birds. Additional habitat also helps grassland birds such as Eastern Meadowlarks and Grasshopper Sparrows, both of which are threatened in Minnesota. 

On May 30, Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill into law that sets a standard for pollinator-friendly habitat on ground-mounted solar sites, developed and overseen by various state agencies. Read more about the initiative on Audubon.org.
Photo below: Grasshopper Sparrow, Dominic Sherony, Flickr Creative Commons
Saving floodplain forests 
Floodplain forests help improve water quality by filtering excess pollutants, sediment, and nutrients from our water before it continues south in the Mississippi River. In the last year, Audubon Minnesota has begun or completed restoration work on nearly 100 acres of land along the Mississippi River in southeast Minnesota. This work benefits birds like the Cerulean Warbler, Hooded Mergansers, and many other species. Help us save floodplain forests by volunteering! Email Katie Burns with your name, zip code, and contact information. 
Photo above: Floodplain forest in Frontenac State Park, Tim Cooper, Flickr Creative Commons
Making buildings and homes safe for birds
In the photo above, bird-safe window decals are installed on windows at the Aveda Experience Center in Blaine. We work with businesses like Aveda to make urban areas safer for birds. Window collisions are one of the biggest threats, causing millions of bird deaths each year. Brightly lit buildings and reflective glass are particularly dangerous for birds. Learn more about how to make buildings and homes safer for birds: mn.audubon.org/birdsafe
Featured Bird for June: Cerulean Warbler (see top of email
Between 1966 and 2012, Cerulean Warblers declined by approximately 83%. The loss and deterioration of large forest tracts, including floodplain forests, is considered the primary threat in its breeding range. Although the evidence varies, the Cerulean Warbler is considered to need forest tracts at least 50 to 75 acres and larger. Read more about Audubon Minnesota's conservation plan for Cerulean Warblers (PDF). 

How You Can Help

  • Volunteer with Audubon Minnesota.

  • Please take a few minutes to 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!
  • Sign up to take action on important conservation issues impacting Minnesota's birds.
  • Donate Today: Gifts to Audubon Minnesota support our local programs.
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