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Safety for Migrating Birds

Bird-Safety-1.jpgIT’S MIGRATION SEASON!
HELP SAVE A BIRD’S LIFE!

  • Turn off office lights
  • Move plants away from windows
  • Lower blinds

Migrating birds can’t see window glass. Unfortunately, to them, the large plant next to your window looks like a great place to rest. Bird strikes kill up to one billion birds each year in the United States.

FLIP THE SWITCH!
The easiest way you can help protect birds during migration is to turn off all unnecessary lights at night!

SPRING: March 15 to June 1
FALL: August 20 to November 10

WHICH LIGHTS SHOULD YOU TURN OFF?

  • Lights behind large expanses of glass
  • Floodlights, searchlights, and spotlights
  • Lights aimed upward or into the sky
  • Perimeter and “vanity” lighting
  • Lights in glass walkways between buildings
  • Lights that illuminate plants behind windows
  • Lower blinds to help birds “see” the glass and move your large plants away from the window.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

City Wildlife Lights Out DC: citywildlife.org

Or contact Mary Lynn Wilhere, Urban Sustainability Administration at (202) 535-1939 or email, [email protected].