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Add Your Voice

Declaration of Support

for a Chicago Bird-Friendly Building Ordinance

Millions of birds migrate through Chicago twice a year every year. Birds have followed the natural corridor of Lake Michigan for thousands of years because it provides valuable habitat for resting and feeding during their long migratory journeys. Most small songbirds migrate at night, and research has shown that urban lighting draws birds into the city.

Once in the city, birds do not recognize glass as a hazard. Instead of a solid barrier, they see an open corridor, or a reflected tree or sky. As buildings use more glass, more of the birds that make it to our city don’t make it out. For tens of thousands of birds every year, their long, difficult migratory journey ends at a Chicago window.

Bird friendly glass products and thoughtful architectural design can reduce bird collisions with windows. San Francisco, Toronto and other cities have enacted bird-friendly building ordinances that save birds’ lives.

Chicago has a proud history of innovation in both architecture and bird safety. Our city launched the first “Lights Out” program in the country, to reduce bird mortality by reducing nighttime building lighting.

It’s time for Chicago to have a Bird-friendly Building Ordinance.

Organizations and individuals are invited
to sign on to our declaration

Individuals

Rebecca Allard
Negin Almassi
Deborah Altman
Judith Anderson
Bob Andrini
Roberta Asher
Sharon Avendano
Rachel Azzarello
Tina Bach
Laura Jean Bailey
Katherine Barnash
Bethany Barratt
Sarah Bass
Kelly Bauer
Gina Bavone
Stephanie Beard
Stephanie Beilke
Brittney Bennett
Elisa Benson
Mary Bernat
Mary Bigelow
Nancy Bigelow
Diann Bilderback
Mike Bingaman
Anthony Bolos
Alissa Bozza
Nancy Bradt
Betsy Brill
Debra Brinker
Casey Buchanan
Bonnie Bush
Lizette Cardenas
Mary Carpenter
Gwen Casey
Susan Casey
Francine Cella
Elizabeth Challoner
Suzanne Checchia
Georgia Chilton
Anja Claus
Carol Cleave
Sonny Cohen
Benedict Conley
Erin Connelly
Tessilee Shana Conner
William Coons
Leslie Cummings
Elizabeth Cunniff
Madeline M Cusick
Marjorie David
Therese Davis
Donna DeMilio
Robyn Detterline
Paul Devine Bottone
Jennifer DeStefano
Bob Dolgan
Kelly Dougherty
Christopher Drew
Cheryl Dudeck
Aaron Durnbaugh
Rand K. Ekman
Shannon Ellis
Josh Engel
Emma England
Christine Esposito
Anna Fadorsen
Doug Farr
Heather Ferguson
Bob Fisher
Karen Fisher
Linda Fisher
Sarah Flax
Suzanne Flemens
Cameron Flint
Katherine France
Melanie Freisinger
Glenn Gabanski
Cindy Gach
Diane Galleher
Megan Garfinkel
Linda Gels
Kathleen Gillespie
Jessica Giltzow
Carl Giometti
Renee Giron
Renate Goki
Jim Goodridge
Elisa Gores
Ruth Goring
Michele Govea
Jennifer Lee Green
Barbara Greenman
Peggy Greenwood
Ryan Griffis
Molly Gross
Kathleen Habbley
Jenny Hansen
Linda Henderson
Elaine Henry
Bonnie Hernandez
Jerry Herst
Ashlea Holland
Dali Hoover
Matt Igleski
Amanda Jaggers
Susan Jicha
Donna J. Kahn
Caitlin Kearney
Tina Khaunte
Robert Killeen
Jeffery Killinger
Kathy Kosabuckik
Jane Koten
Beck Kramer
Heather Krott
Tom Lang
Amy Lardner
Jim LaRochelle
Nathan Lentz
Vera Leopold
Anne Lewis
Laury Lewis
Jackie Lim
Alma Lizcano
Dan Lory
Marj Lundy
Maximillian Lyon
Sean Lyon
Tess Madden
Joshua Magariel
Sydney Mandel
Lauren Marquez-Viso
Joan Matz
Patricia May
Arlene McFadden
Allyson McGahan
Linda McGuire
Chrissy McNulty
Scott Mcwilliams
Lynne Mecum
Mary Lou Mellon
Laura Mendoza
Chris Michalek
Katie Miller
Nat Miller
Patricia Miller
Sue Mitchel
Stephen Mitten
Rosalie Mizner
Christina Moynihan
Andrea Muckley
William Mueller
Maureen Murphy
Eileen Murray
Tracy Neff
Jill Niland
Tracy Nolan
Emily Norkus
Michelene O'Connor
Brian Ohsowski
Peter Olson
Karen Omara
Nikki Orvis
Charlie Palmgren
Melissa Parola
Catherine Patrick
Bernadette Payne
Michelle Piette
Roland Polit
Judy Pollock
Amelia Pollock
Margarita Poromanska
Bethanne Portala-Dean
Marina Post
Alia Poulos
Annette Prince
Emily Purcell
Rita Renwick
Sally Richards
Jill Riddell
Joan Riley
Jennifer Roche
Deane Rosen
Alex Rossi
Jane Rothschild
Tony Rothschild
Holly Rowe
Lorra Rudman
Luka Saparnyte
Jeremiah Schatt
Grant Schreiber
Jamie Sciullo
Leslie Shad
Doug Shaeffer
Lois Shelgren
Debra Shore
Connie Simonelli
Jason Sippel
Marcia Slomowitz
Adair Small
Jean Sodeman
Jennie Strable
PB Sucherman
David Swain
Elizabeth Sweetland
David Taliaferro
Rebecca Tanda
Jenny Thiermann
Michael S. Thompson
Wanda Thompson
Amanda Tichacek
M Tomaschewsky
Jamie Toste
Deborah Turski
Katharine Uhrich
Lauren Umek
Margaret Van Dyke
Gavin Van Horn
Stephanie Vendetta
Stacy Vincent
Kristen Wacker
Susan Wahlgren
Gabriela Wakulchik
Edward Warden
Gaerin Warman-Szvoboda
Noreen Weeden
Karen Weigert
Irene Weinman
Christopher J. Whelan
Win Whelan
Lindsay Wilkes
Marcel Wilkins
Dave Willard
Kara Williams
Chris Williamson
Sandra Wilmore
Carla Winterbottom
Aimee Wise
Ted Wolff
Kristy Yale
Andrew Yang
Sarah Young
Benjamin Zerante
Margaret Zielinski

Supporting Scientists

George Archibald, PhD
Co-Founder and Senior Conservationist
International Crane Foundation

Bethany Barratt, PhD
Professor of Political Science
Roosevelt University

John Bates, PhD
Associate Curator, Birds
The Field Museum

Richard Beilfuss, PhD
President and CEO
International Crane Foundation

Andrew Farnsworth, PhD Research Associate Cornell Lab of Ornithology

John W. Fitzpatrick, PhD
Executive Director
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Reuben Keller, PhD
Professor of Environmental Science
Loyola University Chicago

Daniel Klem, Jr., PhD, DSc
Professor of Biology, and Sarkis Acopian Professor of Ornithology and Conservation Biology
Muhlenberg College

Richard Lariviere, PhD
President
The Field Museum

Bryan Lenz, PhD
Bird Collision Campaign Manager
American Bird Conservancy

John Leonard, PhD
Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago

Debra Moskovits, PhD
Vice President, Strategic Science Initiatives
Field Museum

John Rowden, PhD
Director of Community Conservation
National Audubon Society

Christine Sheppard, PhD
Director, Glass Collisions Program
American Bird Conservancy

Jeff Walk, PhD
Illinois Director of Conservation
The Nature Conservancy