Save Millions of Birds From Window Collisions

Save Millions of Birds From Window Collisions

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Up to 1 billion birds die each year in the United States alone from window collisions, but this human-caused threat to birds is entirely preventable. Urge Congress to co-sponsor and support the Federal Bird Safe Buildings Act, which will implement bird-friendly building designs for new and renovated public federal buildings. It's the very least we can do for so many birds suffering threats in every direction.

Window strikes are one of the leading causes of bird deaths resulting from human activities and development. Birds often cannot tell glass apart from their other surroundings and mistake reflections of the trees and sky as real. Birds often fly into windows at high speeds, causing their fragile hollow bones and their necks to break. Birds who do not die on impact and fly off often still succumb to their injuries or become an easy target for predators. Collisions can happen at any time of the year but most often occur during spring and fall migrations and when fledgelings and young birds first start exploring and learning to fly. They can also occur more frequently if there are windows near a birdbath or bird feeder site.

In Defense of Animals

Birds already face a wide range of threats from habitat loss and degradation caused by increases in human population, to our personal and industrial use of pesticides and the climate crisis. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, there are 89 species of birds listed as threatened or endangered in the United States, and 342 more are listed as a conservation concern. Sadly, many species critically endangered are not even listed as such. Our responsibility must be to protect these birds from the impacts of our human activities and development.

The Federal Bird Safe Buildings Act of 2021 (S.791/H.R.1986) would require creating a bird-safe building construction design plan that would guide the renovations of new and existing buildings. This would implement new designs and technology to deter birds from smashing into windows. This bi-partisan bill was reintroduced in 2022 by Reps.Mike Quigley and Morgan Griffith and Sen. Cory Booker. These changes are cost-effective and can often increase energy efficiency as well.

With the legislative session nearing its close in December, Congress must take action now to protect birds from window collisions by passing the Bird Safe Building Act. This bi-partisan, cost-neutral bill could save countless birds' lives from painful and entirely preventable deaths.


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