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Minn. DNR urges stadium planners to consider bird safety

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is chiming in on design proposals for the new Vikings stadium.

Finance & Commerce reports the state agency is urging planners to consider "bird-friendly designs" that limit glass features to reduce the potential for fatal collisions with birds.

According to the American Bird Conservancy and New York City Audubon Society, “hundreds of millions or more” birds in the United States are killed each year after colliding with glass. The Mississippi River is a major migratory corridor which increases the risk.

Solutions include using patterned window films, internal shades and blinds, decals, etc.

The DNR gave the suggestion as part of the environmental review process, kicking off the 280-day Environmental Impact Statement process for the $975 million project.

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