BIRDS AND WINDOWS - INFORMATION FOR
Brightly lit tall buildings can
be deadly to birds at night, especially during migration. In North
America alone,more birds are killed by preventable collisions every
year than died as a result of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
The Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) is working to make Toronto
a "bird-friendly" city. Vancouverites can do the same through
the SongBird project and your help! Here is FLAP's advice:
Make the Commitment
- Designate a senior executive who will be responsible for ensuring
that the building takes
action. Investigate the current night-lighting practices of the building.
Start by taking
photographs of the building at night.
- Establish a building lighting policy that strives for minimal lighting
at night all year.
- Add the responsibility and specifications for reduced lighting to
the tenant operations manual,
and take steps to incorporate the same in the tenant lease.
When lights must be on at night, examine and adopt alternatives
suitable for the building that minimize bright, all-night, floor-wide
lighting. Options include: installing motion-sensitive lighting; using
desk lamps andtask lighting; re-programming timers; using lower intensity
lighting; reducing perimeter lighting; re-schedulingwork and night
cleaning; establishing interior working areas; using blinds and curtains.
Permit occasional access by qualified bird rescuers to the buildingís
courtyard, and wherever feasible, to ledges, roofs and other refuges
for injured birds.
Spread the Word
- Inform employees about the issue and the buildingís policy,
including the steps the building is
taking and how the employees can help.
- Remind employees each spring and fall about the added importance
of minimal lighting
during peak migration seasons (late-March to end of May and mid-August
through notices, newsletters, posters or other vehicles.
- Encourage other employees, visitors and tenants to become informed
and take part in the
SongBird project or other endeavours that support the cause.
Stay on Course
- Examine the corporate lighting policy and practices regularly
to promote continuous progress
towards minimizing night-lighting and bird collisions.
- Report annually on progress, problems and proposals for the coming
- Demonstrate a measurable reduction in night lighting toward the
ultimate goal: all lights out,
all night, all year.
(sources: Leslie Evans Ogden, field biologist & author of "Collision
Course" a study for the World Wildlife Fund)