U.S. Bank Stadium

U.S. Bank Stadium is located within the Mississippi Flyway and has been a building of concern to environmentalists and ornithologists since 2012, when the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources urged the MSFA to consider bird-friendly design to reduce bird collisions. According to scientists, as many as 1 billion birds are killed annually in the United States by collisions with building windows. The stadium contains nearly 200,000 square feet of glass, the equivalent of four football fields.

A coalition of bird conservation groups led by Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis and including Minnesota Citizens for the Protection of Migratory Birds and Friends of Roberts Bird Sanctuary has long advocated for bird-friendly glass on the stadium, first calling for the installation of bird-safe glass during the construction phase, and when those efforts were unsuccessful, advocating for retrofitting the glass to make it bird safe. The coalition continues to advocate for bird-safe solutions.

U.S. Bank Stadium Bird Mortality Reports

The coalition has issued two reports regarding bird mortality and recommendations for retrofit solutions at the stadium:

Bird Mortality at U.S. Bank Stadium During Fall Migration 2016 (2017)

U.S. Bank Stadium Glass Retrofit Recommendations (2019)

Bird Mortality Experts Presentations

The coalition of bird conservation groups, led by Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis, hosted three internationally recognized bird mortality experts during spring 2018 to discuss methods of retrofitting U.S. Bank Stadium to make it safer for birds.

The experts included Dr. Daniel Klem, Sarkis Acopian Professor of Ornithology and Conservation Biology at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania; Dr. Christine Sheppard, director of the Glass Collisions Program at the American Bird Conservancy in Virginia; and Michael Mesure, founder and executive director of Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) Canada). Links to their presentation are listed below.

Daniel Klem Presentation

Part 1

Part 2

 Christine Sheppard Presentation

Part 1

Part 2

Michael Mesure Presentation

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