Resources Related to Preventing Bird Collisions
Guidelines and Pamphlets
(From American Bird Conservancy)
- Use ABC BirdTape to make windows where you live and work safe for birds.
- Apply Tempera paint (available at most art supply and craft stores) freehand with brush or sponge, or use a stencil. Tempera is long-lasting, even in rain, and non-toxic, but comes right off with a damp rag or sponge.
- If you don’t want to alter the glass itself, you can stretch lightweight netting, screen, or other material over the window. The netting must be several inches in front of the window, so birds don’t hit the glass after hitting the net. Several companies, (www.birdscreen.com,www.birdsavers.com)) sell screens or other barriers that can be attached with suction cups or eye hooks (also see www.birdbgone.com, www.nixalite.com, or www.birdmaster.com).
- Incorporate ORNILUX Bird Protection Glass into new construction. The glass has a patterned, UV reflective coating making it visible to birds while remaining virtually transparent to the human eye.
- Office workers and residents of apartment buildings should ask building managers to have the exterior vanity lights and flood lights turned off at night, especially during migration seasons.
- If you live or work on the upper floors of a building, keep your blinds drawn during overnight hours.
- Move house plants away from windows so birds do not mistake them for available habitat.
- Join or start a local Lights Out program that not only works with building managers to reduce light pollution, but rescues injured and disoriented birds. You can find more information in ABC’s Bird-friendlyBuilding Design.
- Contact your local government representative, department of sustainability, department of the environment and/or Planning Department. Tell them about the problem of bird mortality from collisions and suggest they adopt ABC’s model legislation.
- Join a volunteer program that not only works with building managers to reduce light pollution, but rescues injured and disoriented birds.
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