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All is right in the world. The Green Bay Packers are playing on Sunday for a chance to play in the Super Bowl and the Minnesota Vikings season is over.

I have several friends that are Vikings fans. I try not to hold it against them.

While at a meeting last month, my colleagues and I discussed what we were most looking forward to in the new year. Someone said they were looking ahead at trips they will be taking in the new year. Another person was excited about their upcoming wedding anniversary.

One of my colleagues said he was most looking forward to a Vikings Super Bowl victory in the new year.

After the whole table stopped laughing, mind you the meeting was in Cambridge, Minn., it was explained to him how lofty of a goal that was. That is how little confidence they even have in the team. But it was good for Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins to have that confidence booster against the New Orleans Saints only to end up choking in the game on Saturday against the San Francisco 49ers.

Now, I’d like to talk about something serious relating to the Vikings new stadium.

An article published last year states, “Up to 1.5 billion birds are killed annually in North America by colliding with vehicles and human-made structures, including buildings, communication towers, and energy infrastructure.”

The peer-reviewed article is straight forward, even in its title “Factors influencing bird-building collisions in the downtown area of a major North American city.”

This has been a growing concern with the new Minnesota Viking stadium. U.S. Bank Stadium was completed, on the same ground, the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome used to stand, in 2016.

The new stadium was necessary because as some of you remember the Metrodome roof collapsed following a blizzard in 2010.

Watching the clip of the collapse is still fun to watch on YouTube. At first, there’s a single stream of water coming in and before ya know it, a giant pile of snow has broken through the roof made of Teflon-coated fiberglass and acoustical fabric.

So now they no longer have a dome that could collapse and replaced it with a building that allegedly kills birds.

So, what is the number of birds that die after flying into U.S. Bank Stadium? One article I read says the number of birds that collided with the building is over 700. But the official count according to the authors of that peer-reviewed article says the number of birds killed annually by U.S. Bank Stadium is 111.

On the other side of the spectrum, the Milwaukee Bucks new arena - Fiserv Forum - has been proactive by designing bird-friendly buildings by using a minimal amount of reflective or see-through glass.

That’s right, another win for the greatest city in the world!