Migratory birds that nest and breed within the north, at the moment are making their lengthy journey again south to overwinter in a hotter local weather. An estimated 4 billion birds should navigate by cities, neighbourhoods, and different constructed environments. Sadly, many of those birds by no means arrive at their wintering grounds as a result of they’re killed or injured from collisions with glass. Do you know which you could assist them arrive safely?
Be part of us for World Fowl Rescue Week!
Yearly through the first week in October, to assist unfold consciousness of the problem, FLAP Canada in partnership with Nature Canada, hosts World Fowl Rescue (GBR). This week-long occasion encourages individuals world wide to seek for birds which have collided with home windows and to make their widows bird-safe. There’s nonetheless time to affix the motion! This 12 months, World Fowl Rescue takes place Oct 2-8, 2023. Registration for the occasion is open till Oct 2. At the moment, there are 36 GBR Groups from international locations together with Canada, the USA, Costa Rica, India, China, Nepal, Mexico and Panama taking part within the occasion.
In the course of the occasion, GBR Groups seek for birds which have collided with home windows of their communities. They document this knowledge within the World Fowl Collision Mapper and guarantee injured birds get the care they require from their native wildlife rehabilitation facility.
The brand new World Fowl Collision Mapper
The brand new and improved World Fowl Collision Mapper is right here! Using ArcGIS to raised visualize and interpret the info, this software program additionally permits us to streamline the method of reporting collisions. This neighborhood science instrument permits nameless and registered customers world wide to doc the species, location, time, standing and different particulars of every fowl they recuperate.
Each fowl reported to the World Fowl Collision Mapper helps us additional perceive the scope of the bird-building collision subject. This knowledge additionally performs an integral half in seeing fowl collision deterrent window remedies being put in at harmful buildings.
Different Methods You Can Assist!
1. Make your home windows bird-safe.
Do you know that almost all of fowl collisions occur at low-rise buildings, together with houses and cottages? To make sure you don’t hear that dreaded “thump” of a fowl colliding together with your window this fall, make your home windows bird-safe by making use of visible markers that observe these window marker pointers. Each window we make bird-safe is a large step in direction of defending migratory fowl species.
2. Report downside buildings with the brand new Fowl-Pleasant Constructing Survey.
Assist us gather info on buildings and their efforts to be bird-friendly. The Fowl-Pleasant Constructing Survey presents a technique to monitor bird-friendly buildings throughout the globe by showcasing their designs! This survey additionally acts as a database for figuring out downside buildings the place quite a few birds are identified to collide. In relation to decreasing collisions, the last word purpose is to have buildings tackle the problem of collisions by treating their home windows and glass facades with efficient visible markers.
3. Fowl-safe laws and retrofits.
Pushing for bird-safe laws will make sure that we proceed to guard birds. Attain out to your member of provincial parliament, Metropolis Councillors, and authorities businesses to allow them to find out about this vital subject, and that you desire to them to help bird-safe legislature. Encouraging retrofits on buildings with identified window collisions is one other incredible approach to assist. Have you ever witnessed fowl collisions at your office? Attempt reaching out to the constructing supervisor or proprietor to allow them to know that retrofitting the constructing will save numerous birds’ lives.
4. Flip off lights at evening.
As birds migrate at evening, they use the celebrities to information them. Vivid lights from city centres can draw birds off track. As soon as in these city areas, they threat colliding with glass. Do you’ve out of doors lighting? Do your neighbours? To assist birds bypass our harmful cities, strive turning these pointless out of doors lights off throughout migration in spring and fall.
You can also make a distinction!
Every of us might help defend birds from deadly collisions with glass. Taking part in World Fowl Rescue by signing up as a person or group, logging your findings within the GBCM, making your own home home windows bird-safe, pushing for bird-safe laws, and telling your mates, household, and neighbours concerning the subject, are all nice methods to make an enormous distinction. Collectively, we are able to save the lives of tens of millions of birds.
Add your identify to turn into a Migratory Fowl Defender and study extra about how one can defend birds in your neighborhood.