American Bird Conservancy: New Website to Minimize Bird Collisions with Communication Towers

The American Bird Conservancy recently posted a new resource for minimizing Bird Collisions. Read on for more info:

Every year, approximately 7 million birds die from collisions with communication towers in North America. In July, the Federal Aviation Administration proposed changes to tower lights requirements that will reduce impacts on migratory birds. American Bird Conservancy led a coalition of other environmental organizations (including Defenders of Wildlife and National Audubon Society) working for over ten years with communication industry groups (including CTIA - The Wireless Association, National Association of Broadcasters, National Association of Tower Erectors, and PCIA - The Wireless Infrastructure Association) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC – the government agency that licenses towers) to bring this issue to its positive conclusion. The Federal Aviation Administration has approved these tower light changes which are:
*   are very inexpensive
*   reduce tower energy costs
*   reduce tower maintenance costs
*   reduce bird collisions by more than 70%!

You can start protecting birds today! Please visit “Fewer Lights Safer Flights” a Michigan State University website http://fewerlights.anr.msu.edu/and share the address with others. The site includes information about the towers and birds problem, and toolkits for bird enthusiasts and tower operators and engineers. Our thanks to Joelle Gehring for all of her contributions to reduce bird collisions and establishing the new website.

ABC Collisions Website

http://collisions.abcbirds.org/

 ABC’s program to address the problem of bird mortality caused by collisions with buildings has created a new website, http://collisions.abcbirds.org that includes information about bird-friendly design, legislation, and Birdtape, a consumer product for homeowners to make windows safe for birds.

 

Our publication, Bird-friendly Building Design, published in 2011, explains in straightforward terms why birds hit glass, what features make certain buildings more prone to bird collisions, and the science behind the collision phenomenon. Most importantly, the book provides cost-neutral solutions for new building construction and reasonable ways that existing buildings can be retrofitted to make them bird-friendly.

 

Download a pdf of Bird Friendly Building Design http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/policy/collisions/pdf/Bird-friendlyBuildings0112.pdf