Fall migration season is both awe inspiring and tragic. One of the ways we can support birds during their annual migrations is to advocate for buildings to install bird friendly glass on buildings. The glass has minute patterns alerting birds that the sky or trees they see caused by reflections, are not clear pathways for them to fly through. It’s not only skyscrapers that pose a problem, tree level smaller buildings are also a threat to birds.
Bird populations are decreasing with thousands of birds dying from window strikes each year. I found two dead birds this season in front of an all glass building in my neighborhood. If you find an injured or dead bird, report it on D-bird.org a database from Audubon that collects the information. It’s simple and quick to use. Answer a few questions to describe the bird even if you don’t know the species such as size, color and markings, include a photo if possible, location and any other information that can be used to identify the species or circumstance in the comment section. This reporting system is important for tracking the safety and health of birds, issues with flyways, as well as documentation to back-up proposed legislative building code changes that would require bird safe glass to be used. Vote for representatives who make wildlife a priority, use screens, decals or bird friendly window film, and lend your voice in support of wildlife conservation efforts.