Utne Blogs > Environment

Building Design for the Birds

by Staff


Tags: environment, bird-safe, green building, birds, collisions, New York City Audubon Society, BuildingGreen.com,

Bird Safe ImageVisiting my mom’s office building as a child, I often found small birds with freshly broken necks in the hedges outside, lying compacted and still, like sleeping babies. One hundred million birds are killed each year in the United States by collisions with buildings, the New York City Audubon Society writes in its free, 55-page, downloadable booklet, Bird-Safe Building Guidelines. This spectacle of my childhood could perhaps have been avoided, reports BuildingGreen.com, by building modifications as simple as “placing patterns on the glass or adding shading screens in front of the windows” or simply by turning the lights off at night, when large numbers of birds migrate.

Jason Ericson

rena woss
4/7/2008 11:50:24 AM

Light Pollution is one of the easiest forms of pollution to correct, but unchecked, it leads to more problems than people currently have knowledge of. Its true, millions of birds, turtles, nocturnal creatures that depend on darkness die each year because of it. Humans are impacted as well - light pollution disrupts seratonin production in our bodies, and leads to road deaths. A power point presentation is available free of charge to download off my website: www.astropublications.com. Its loaded with information. Write me if you have any questions. Regards, Rena Woss http://www.astropublications.com


jt_2
4/7/2008 11:28:46 AM

Thanks for posting this, Jason. I'll be sharing it with others. Simple things can make a big difference.