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A History of Birds in Roberts Bird Sanctuary

March 19 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Garden Mausoleum
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Hosted at Lakewood by Stephen Greenfield & Constance Pepin

Join Lakewood in the Garden Mausoleum for this free educational and informational session on the history of local birds with our neighbors from The Friends of Roberts Bird Sanctuary.

In 1890, the Lakewood Cemetery Association donated 31 acres of forest and wetland to the Minneapolis Park Board, which decades later formally designated this land along the north shore of Lake Harriet as a bird sanctuary. In 1947 the bird sanctuary was renamed to honor physician and ornithologist Thomas Sadler Roberts, who is considered the father of Minnesota ornithology.

Roberts Bird Sanctuary remains one of the city’s well-loved natural areas, and is a great place to see birds, especially during migration. Proximity to the native trees and open space of Lakewood enhances the value of the bird sanctuary to birds and other wildlife. Stephen Greenfield and Constance Pepin, co-founders of the Friends of Roberts Bird Sanctuary, will share history and images of birds who have visited this priceless oasis of nature that nurtures wildlife and humans alike.

The Lakewood Garden Mausoleum

This event will take place in the upper level reception space of our beautiful Garden Mausoleum. Signs will be posted directing you to the event location or click here for GPS navigation through Google Maps.

About Thomas Sadler Roberts Bird Sanctuary

Thomas Sadler Roberts Bird Sanctuary is a 31-acre undeveloped natural area located just south of Lakewood in Lyndale Park near the Peace Garden, north of Lake Harriet. Part of the Chain of Lakes Regional Park, the Sanctuary is managed by the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board. The Sanctuary was established in 1936 and renamed in 1947 to honor Thomas Sadler Roberts.  Friends of Roberts Bird Sanctuary are committed to ongoing advocacy for and stewardship of this priceless resource.


If Lakewood needs to cancel this event for any reason, all attendees will be alerted via email and this page will be updated. Please make sure you provide the correct email at registration. We also encourage all attendees to check this page before heading to the event for any updates or cancellations.

Birding at Lakewood

Want to put your newfound history of bird knowledge to use out on the field? Join us for Birding at Lakewood! Throughout the year we offer guided bird walks around Lakewood’s grounds, learning more about birding while discovering the birds that call Lakewood home. The first Birding at Lakewood event will be held on April 23rd at 9am. Tickets are $10 in advance / $15 at the door. Spots are limited. Click here for more information or to register for this event.

Questions? Call the Lakewood events line at 612-540-5165 or email to

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