Most songbirds evolved migrating at night when predators retire and
winds die down.
Bright lights on tall buildings and towers are deadly for winged
birds, who confuse the illumination for stars or the moon.
These lights cause as many as 1,500 deaths per night during peak
Most of the dead and wounded kinglets, warblers, thrushes and more
are scavenged by cats, raccoons, crows, rats, or seagulls. Song birds
diminish, while scavengers thrive.
Volunteers gathered over 3,000 dead and wounded birds of 138 species
last year, compared to near 10,000 in past years.
Go to the web produced by the Fatal
Light Awareness Program (FLAP). Educate yourself; then
pass on the word. Insist on bird-friendly lighting legislation by
communicating with your elected officials.
Tell others how it's good for birds, if humans extinguish all interior
building lights and nonessential outdoor lights especially all
flood lighting during migration season. Talk about how we need to
shield essential lights, too. And about how we can reduce the amount
of power plant emissions in flyways, if we take those steps.
Remember, there are millions of birders just like yourself spread
all across the country. Together, we are an economic and political
force with which to be reckoned.