Friday, February 16, 2007

Darker skies during migration?

Do the taller buildings and skyscrapers near you turn off indoor lights at night? Audubon Minnesota -- along with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the University of Minnesota and the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota -- will ask owners of high-rise buildings to go dark between midnight and dawn from March 15 to May 31 and Aug. 15 to Oct. 31.

The goal: to reduce window collisions by birds migrating along the Mississippi flyway. The Lights Out Twin Cities program follows in the footsteps of Fatal Light Awareness Program in Toronto and similar efforts in New York, Detroit and Chicago.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Leigh said...

I gave a presentation on the topic of window kills in my speech class, one of the points I discussed was the importance of programs like Lights Out Toranto and other incentives for big buildings to shut down during migration.

Window kills are shocking and depressing, and most birders have no clue how many birds are affected by this...

February 17, 2007 4:28 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Leigh, do you know if Sea & Sage works with Irvine building owners on this topic?

February 19, 2007 3:37 PM  
Blogger Leigh said...

I have no idea, that's something that might be worth looking into...

March 23, 2007 9:29 PM  

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