"I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven."
Emily Dickinson

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Help reduce window strikes at home

White-crowned sparrows migrate north for the summer.  Photo by J.J. Meyer
Birds hit windows because they can't see the glass.  All they see is the reflection of the sky, so they fly right into it.  The impact of the collision is enough to kill most birds or severely injure them.  If injured or stunned, they may remain on the ground where they become vulnerable to cats, dogs and other predators.

Experts estimate that up to a billion birds die each year from window strikes.  Much of the mortality takes place during the spring and fall migrations.  

You can help by placing decals, tape, netting or screens on your windows to break up the reflection.  Hanging window chimes or streamers may also help.  There are many items on the market, including a new tape made by the American Bird Conservancy.  For more information on window collisions go to abcbirdtape.org.  Your birds will thank you!

Happy Birding!

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