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DNR wants new Vikings stadium to be bird-friendly

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings may hope their new stadium is a hostile environment for the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals, but the Department of Natural Resources hopes it will be friendly to real birds.

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The DNR has urged planners to consider "bird-friendly designs" to reduce the potential for fatal collisions with birds. The agency's comments were included in a 75-page document released Tuesday that's part of the environmental review process.

Melissa Doperalski, regional environmental assessment ecologist for the DNR, tells Finance & Commerce (http://bit.ly/Zcjp1L ) that numerous birds die each year after flying into building glass. The Mississippi River is a major migratory corridor. So, she says, if the stadium has prominent glass features designers should consider other elements that provide visual cues to prevent birds from crashing into the glass.

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Information from: Finance and Commerce, http://www.finance-commerce.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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