Bird-Friendly Buildings

Protecting Birds from Striking Glass Windows

Magnolia Warbler Photo: Seth Davis/Audubon Photography Awards

Bird-window collisions are wide-spread and disastrous, but there are actions you can take to avoid them. 

Tell us how you are protecting birds at your own home or place of work. Click here.

The Bird-Window Collision Working Group (BCWG) Project

Peer-reviewed, published research estimates that 365 - 988 million birds collide with windows and other reflective and transparent surfaces on buildings and other manmade structures each year in the U.S., which equates to an astonishing average of one to three million collisions a day. The Bird-window Collision Working Group (BCWG) has developed an outreach program intended to address and reduce avian mortality at residential and low-rise buildings, which is where the vast majority of all bird window collisions in the U.S. are believed to occur. The BCWG includes the Acopian Center at Muhlenberg College, Audubon Pennsylvania, and the Lehigh Valley and Wyncote Audubon Societies. Trained volunteers will educate people about the causes and patterns of collisions and ways they can be prevented. The program will provide a means to share stories of successful mitigations they have completed with others through social media and the Audubon website. A portal to collect data on each individual’s actions will be key part of the engagement and recognition strategy. The project will provide a path to move individuals from personal action to collective community action. To succeed, the project will connect with partners that include, nature centers, bird clubs, garden clubs, civic associations, and others.

To request a presentation contact: BirdWindowCWG@gmail.com

Read here about the proposed federal law that could save countless birds from death by glass.

Read an interesting article regarding bird strikes. DEATH FROM ABOVE: LAWMAKER ENVISIONS BIRD-SAFE BUILDINGS IN NEW YORK CITY

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Saenger Home: Henningsville, PA. Acopian Birdsavers used on a window known to average 100 bird-window collisions annually- now maybe 1 or 2 a year.
Saenger Home: Henningsville, PA. Acopian Birdsavers used on a window known to average 100 bird-window collisions annually- now maybe 1 or 2 a year.
Image of dots attached to a home owners window to help birds see the glass instead of only the reflection of the outside world.

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Be sure to download the PDF below for information regarding how to protect your own home!

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