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US Bank Stadium Is Killing Record Numbers of Birds, Just as Experts Feared (Pics)
When the renderings of the Minnesota Vikings shiny new stadium were first released, bird experts expressed concern that the glass exterior would be a “death trap” for birds, who often fly head on into reflective buildings because they cannot tell the difference between the sky and its reflection.
According to initial observations by the Audubon Society of Minneapolis, the experts were right.
The Audubon Society of Minneapolis organized teams of volunteers from local conservation groups to monitor the grounds around the stadium for dead or injured birds during the fall migration season, which ran from August through November. Dead or injured birds were collected and recorded. However, there were many parts of the grounds around the stadium that were inaccessible, and there was no guarantee that volunteers could document all bird deaths or injuries before they were removed by stadium workers. So their numbers were most likely incomplete.
Even still, the Audubon Society of Minneapolis still recorded 60 avian deaths at US Bank Stadium. As a result, they claim the Vikings’ new home is set to become the deadliest building for birds in the state of Minnesota.
Naturally, US Bank Stadium director of communications Jenn Hathaway denies that the report is accurate.
“It is not possible to make this conclusion based on intermittent monitoring with no direct comparisons for the same time period at other buildings,” Hathaway said in a statement.
Of course, Hathaway seems to be referring only to the claim that US Bank Stadium is on track to be the deadliest in the state. She doesn’t deny that 60 birds were killed from August to November, because she can’t. Because it’s true.
Hathaway did say the stadium is collaborating with the Audubon Society of Minnesota (which is separate from the Audubon Society of Minneapolis) on its own, and that any judgement should be reserved until that study is complete…three years from now.
Needless to say, most bird lovers are not willing to accept that timetable. They want action now.
Here are some more photos of US Bank Stadium to give you a better idea of the amount of reflective glass we’re talking about: