SPORTS: STADIUMS : ENVIRIONMENT : ANIMAL ABUSE : ARCHITECTURE: DESIGN : SPORTS: FOOTBALL: PROFESSIONAL: NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE (NFL): TEAMS: MINNESOTA VIKINGS : BANKS AND BANKING: US BANK STADIUM : BIRDS: MASS SLAUGHTER: Vikings Stadium: Reflector of Light, Murderer of Birds

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SPORTS: STADIUMS : ENVIRIONMENT : ANIMAL ABUSE : ARCHITECTURE: DESIGN : SPORTS: FOOTBALL: PROFESSIONAL: NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE (NFL): TEAMS: MINNESOTA VIKINGS : BANKS AND BANKING: US BANK STADIUM : BIRDS: MASS SLAUGHTER: Vikings Stadium: Reflector of Light, Murderer of Birds

David Dillard
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SPORTS: STADIUMS :

ENVIRIONMENT :

ANIMAL ABUSE :

ARCHITECTURE: DESIGN :

SPORTS: FOOTBALL: PROFESSIONAL: NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE (NFL): TEAMS:
MINNESOTA VIKINGS :

BANKS AND BANKING: NAMED BANKS:  US BANK: US BANK STADIUM :

BIRDS: MASS SLAUGHTER :

UNITED STATES: CITIES: MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA:

Vikings Stadium: Reflector of Light, Murderer of Birds

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Vikings Stadium: Reflector of Light, Murderer of Birds

JOE ROBBINS/

SAM LUBELL

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DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03.10.17.  7:00 AM

Wired

https://www.wired.com/2017/03/ 
vikings-stadium-reflector-light-murderer-birds/

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/j8nt4gc

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THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS new football stadium, with its sharply tapering
facade, glowing plastic roof, humongous hinged doors, and glimmering glass
walls, is a beautiful example of contemporary architecturea spectacular
testament to the incredible things humans can create with new techniques
and materials. Unfortunately, if youre a bird, its a death trap.

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In fact, the shiny new stadium might be the most lethal bird-killer in the
Twin Cities area, according to a new report from the Audubon Society. Last
year, during the fall migration period between August and November,
members of the Societys local chapter, the Roberts Bird Sanctuary, and
Minnesota Citizens for the Protection of Migratory Birds photographed 74
birds that were either killed (60) or stunned (14) after colliding with
the stadiums glass windows. The highest death rate previously recorded for
a Minneapolis building was 42 birds per migration period. As the study
authors note, their numbers underestimate the stadiums actually death
tally; volunteers did not survey the building every day, and their
recordkeeping didnt account for birds removed by maintenance, security, or
scavengers.

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A lot of people saw this coming. The stadium sits within the Mississippi
Flyway, a heavily trafficked bird migration route stretching from Canada
to South America. It contains more than 200,000 square feet of reflective
glass, which birds have trouble distinguishing from actual sky. (The US
Fish and Wildlife Service estimates about 750 million birds perish
annually flying into glass facades.) For years, conservationists, members
of the public, and the Minneapolis City Council urged the buildings owner,
the Minnesota Sports Facility Authority, to alter its design.

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Ennead Architects Bridge for Laboratory Sciences at Vassar College
features almost every bird protection measure in the book, including metal
sunscreens, UV coating, and glass embedded with ceramic frit in a variety
of hues, to ensure the windows are visible to a range of avian species.

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But Sharpsteen and Minneapolis Audubon are skeptical. They worry not only
that the building will kill hundreds of birds before the study is
complete, but that the MSFA will take no action once its finished.




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