New Minnesota Vikings Stadium Could Be ‘Death Trap’ To Birds
What some people might consider bird scientists say the new MN Vikings stadium will be a serious threat to birds unless its glass is changed.
The Audubon Society said that they are calling on the team and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority to modify the stadium’s current specs in order to “make sure it’s not a death trap” for “thousands of migratory birds.”
Joanna Eckles of the Audubon Minnesota says nationally, almost a billion birds die each year flying into buildings.
“When a piece of glass is very reflective. That reflection shows habitats, say trees and bushes, and sky. And birds have no reason to believe that that’s not the real thing,” Eckles said. “We’ve documented about 125 species in Minnesota as victims of window collision, so this is a real issue, and the great thing is it’s preventable.”
Matthew Anderson, the group’s Minnesota executive director, said that the state guidelines require bond-funded projects to protect birds from window collisions, but claimed the team and MSFA recently rejected Audubon’s requests to use a safer type of glass.
“We’re talking about a billion-dollar stadium here, and the cost to save perhaps thousands of migratory birds — and make the Vikings a global leader in green stadium design — is about one-tenth of one percent of that,” Anderson said. “We know the people of Minnesota do not want their money killing birds.”