The Transparent Killer: Why Bird Window Collisions Happen and How Can We Help
Researchers estimate that up to 1 billion birds die every year in the United States alone from colliding with a window—this makes window collisions one of the top three threats to wild bird populations, third only to habitat destruction and cats.
Applying decals, stickers, or bird tape on the exterior side of windows to prevent birds from having a fatal collision with your windows by providing them with visual cues that glass is present. There are lots of do-it-yourself options to treat your windows at home. To be most effective, it’s important that markers are closely spaced, in high contrast, and on the outside surface of the glass.
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Installing window screens or external shades to reduce reflections and transparency. External insect screens reduce bird collisions by minimizing window reflections and alerting birds that windows are barriers. Netting prevents injuries to birds if it’s placed inches in front of the window and stretched tight to prevent birds from hitting the glass.
Using bird-safe glass, which is designed to be more visible to birds. Bird-safe glass is designed with special patterns that are visible to birds, reducing the risk of bird collisions, and ensuring the safety of our feathered friends.
Turning off or reducing the intensity of artificial lights, especially during migratory seasons. Artificial light is scattered across the landscape of the entire world, and birds are frequently attracted to lighting, especially during inclement weather events during migration. Unfortunately, lights can cause confusion, disorientation, and exhaustion , directly impacting their ability to migrate.