Renee’s post the other day reminded me of the important work being done by Project BirdSafe. Originally convened by Audubon Minnesota, Project Birdsafe is a joint effort to reduce the number of birds killed or injured when they collide with structures such as buildings. WRC is proud to be a founding and active member of this program.
A key component to Project BirdSafe is its Lights Out program. Most birds migrate at night and can be drawn off course by tall, lighted structures in their flight path. Many birds are killed or injured in collisions with buildings or drop from exhaustion after circling them, reluctant to fly out of the light.
Through Lights Out, dozens of companies and business owners have agreed to dim or turn off their building lights during fall and spring migration.
Project BirdSafe needs more volunteers to patrol the base of the buildings to help recover birds that collided with windows (that’s how the Chestnut-sided Warbler found its way to WRC). Injured birds are brought to WRC for rehabilitation and release (like the Yellow-rumped Warbler above); dead birds are recorded as data.
Each volunteer is assigned a specific course to monitor – we hope you’ll consider joining us and Audubon Minnesota in an effort to protect and save our songbirds. (an application is available on the Project BirdSafe page, approximately halfway down).