Why Should Birders Be Worried About the New Vikings Stadium?

Why Should Birders Be Worried About the New Vikings Stadium?

Minnesota's pro football team just announced that they won't use bird-safe glass on its new window-heavy stadium. Here's what you need to know about the decision.

By Susan E. Matthews
Published: 07/24/2014

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Susan E. Matthews

Susan E. Matthews is the associate web editor for AudubonFollow her on Twitter @susanematthews.

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I have two Vikings fans in my

I have two Vikings fans in my household, and I am very disappointed in the decision to not use bird safe glass. It is appalling that extra escalators and video screens, not necessary, obviously an afterthought since they were added in after the original budget was set, will cost more than the glass would. The claim is there is no room in the budget. Well, it isn't built yet, so rework your budget. Eliminate two escalators and a quarter of the extra video screens and see if that does it. If nothing else, realize that visitors to your facility will not be impressed with walking through bird carcasses to enter, and I am sure your maintenance staff will be less than excited to add corpse collection to their list of duties. The migratory birds have been using this path for longer than the Vikings have been in existence. Be respectful when moving into their territory and use the bird safe glass. More money is wasted by an NFL team on a regular basis. Use it for something good.

Please do the RIGHT thing,

Please do the RIGHT thing, and save countless birds from being killed!

Please consider our beautiful

Please consider our beautiful birds health-our natural wonders are disappearing so fast-you will make back what you spend easily-show you have a heart and reconsider now-thank you in advance for caring to do the right thing

Please consider our beautiful

Please consider our beautiful birds health-our natural wonders are disappearing so fast-you will make back what you spend easily-show you have a heart and reconsider now-thank you in advance for caring to do the right thing

What are you waiting for?

What are you waiting for? Karma

What are you waiting for?

What are you waiting for? Karma

Do not right thing

Do not right thing

Birders - if they won't be

Birders - if they won't be proactive to save birds, make them reactive to retrofit the stadium by posting bodies of dead birds once they start to die on their "shining new building"

After writing about birds for

After writing about birds for the past year I am afraid that we humans are in for a great cull. You might be interested in my new novel Dazzle Eagles, on iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/dazzle-eagles/id880624346?mt=11

Given the Vikings budget. It

Given the Vikings budget. It is outrageous bot to use bird safe glass.

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