April 12 is Bird Impact Reduction Day

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Next Tuesday, April 12, 2016 is Bird Impact Reduction Day. The Canadian Wildlife Federation is asking office buildings and corporate towers to turn off their lights for one evening in a show of support for the safety and wellbeing of migratory birds. As homeowners, there are also steps you can take to help prevent bird fatalities. Please see below for solutions.


THE SOLUTION

Things you can do to help save the lives of birds:

  1. Turn off work space lights when not in use.
  2. Draw blinds and/or drapes when working at night.
  3. Work with downward angled task lighting and turn off overhead lights.
  4. Urge your building manger to invest in motion-sensor lighting technologies.
  5. Urge your building manager to extinguish all architectural, landscape and roof-top lighting during bird migration seasons: March through May and August through October.
  6. Urge your building manager to initiate an educational program to promote light reduction strategies to help save bird lives — money — and reduce CO2 emissions.
  7. Urge your building manager to invest in bird deterrent technologies for daytime window collisions that meet the standards for visual markers.
  8. Urge your local Councillor to adopt BirdSafe™ Building Guidelines and Standards in your community (see the City of Markham’s Bird Friendly Guidelines).
  9. At home, apply visual markers to your windows that meet the standards for visual markers.
  10. Place bird feeder(s) 1 metre or less OR 10 metres or more from your windows and keep your cats indoors.

2 Responses

  1. Benjamin Johnstone

    Is there anything I could do with my school to help out? Does a school have any sort of bad impact? Thanks 🙂

    • Anouk Hoedeman

      Yes! Please spread the word about bird collisions, and see if your school has any windows that might be dangerous to birds. (Many do, unfortunately.) Look for windows that reflect trees or other greenery, or any places where you can see through glass through part of the building, and organize a class project to make the glass visible. There’s lots of information on how to make glass safer under our Prevent Collisions section.