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bird collisions

Every year, billions of birds crash into windows causing serious injuries, internal damage to the organs or at worst, deaths. Unknowingly, bird fly into windows because they believe the reflection they see is an extension of the sky, trees and flowers or other birds. According to a recent study by a University of Alberta researcher, homes with lots of vegetation (trees, plants and bushes) and bird feeders have the most incidents of collisions. Along with cats, bird collision is one of the top reasons why deaths occur.

Impact of glass collisions

Glass collisions result to over a billion deaths of birds in the United States annually. A 2014 identified several species affected by crashes such as the Painted Bunting and Golden-winged Warbler. Migratory birds are also impacted and, as a direct result of bird strikes on windows, populations are declining.

What home-owners can do

Preventing birds from flying into windows and injuring themselves is a top priority. Home-owners have a critical role to play to reduce or prevent collisions. The aim is simple – to make windows visible to birds and eliminate crashes. You don’t have to modify every window though to prevent bird strikes. Therefore, it is important to study which windows are prone to crashes and put up physical and visual barriers that will stop birds flying close to them.

Add a bird screen

Altering your windows drastically might not seem appealing, but you can put up nets or screens outside of windows to reduce reflection.

Make use of bird tape

Bird tapes can be used to make patterns on windows that will steer birds away from them. Because they are visible, birds will not fly into windows so easily.

Use decals with UV

Bird vision is finder than we humans think. Passerine birds, for instance, can distinguish color differences that people do not see. They see ultraviolet lights and will not fly into them once spotted. Hence, bright decals will deter birds from flying and crashing into windows.

Move Bird Feeders Closer to the Windows

As strange as it sounds, the study in Canada suggested that bird feeders can be moved closer to windows to reduce birds from flying at top speeds. At low speeds, they cannot do harm to themselves.

As strange as it sounds, the study in Canada suggested that bird feeders can be moved closer to windows to reduce birds from flying at top speeds. At low speeds, they cannot do harm to themselves.

Draw Curtains or Lower Shutters Halfway

You can also reduce reflection by drawing curtains and putting shutters halfway. If windows are visible to birds, this is already a big step to protect vulnerable animals, reduce injury & mortality rate and help in bird conservation efforts.

NOTE:

Jenny is a freelance writer for a small cleaning company in Philadelphia, which includes window cleaning, she has worked on an eye opening article which highlights the damage windows, particularly on skyscrapers, are doing to our birds, how to prevent bird strikes, and how to care for injured birds.