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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

Negin Almassi
Judith Anderson
Bob Andrini
Roberta Asher
Sharon Avendano
Tina Bach
Laura Jean Bailey
Bethany Barratt
Sarah Bass
Kelly Bauer
Stephanie Beilke
Nancy Bigelow
Diann Bilderback
Mike Bingaman
Alissa Bozza
Nancy Bradt
Bonnie Bush
Lizette Cardenas
Mary Carpenter
Gwen Casey
Susan Casey
Elizabeth Challoner
Suzanne Checchia
Anja Claus
Carol Cleave
Sonny Cohen
William Coons
Madeline M Cusick
Donna DeMilio
Robyn Detterline
Bob Dolgan
Kelly Dougherty
Cheryl Dudeck
Aaron Durnbaugh
Rand K. Ekman
Josh Engel
Emma England
Anna Fadorsen
Bob Fisher
Karen Fisher
Linda Fisher
Sarah Flax
Suzanne Flemens
Cameron Flint
Glenn Gabanski
Diane Galleher
Megan Garfinkel
Linda Gels
Kathleen Gillespie
Carl Giometti
Renate Goki
Jim Goodridge
Elisa Gores
Ruth Goring
Jennifer Lee Green
Kathleen Habbley
Linda Henderson
Elaine Henry
Bonnie Hernandez
Jerry Herst
Matt Igleski
Susan Jicha
Donna J. Kahn
Tina Khaunte
Robert Killeen
Jane Koten
Beck Kramer
Tom Lang
Jim LaRochelle
Nathan Lentz
Vera Leopold
Laury Lewis
Dan Lory
Marj Lundy
Maximillian Lyon
Tess Madden
Joan Matz
Linda McGuire
Mary Lou Mellon
Laura Mendoza
Chris Michalek
Katie Miller
Nat Miller
Patricia Miller
Stephen Mitten
William Mueller
Maureen Murphy
Jill Niland
Tracy Nolan
Michelene O'Connor
Brian Ohsowski
Nikki Orvis
Catherine Patrick
Roland Polit
Judy Pollock
Amelia Pollock
Margarita Poromanska
Marina Post
Annette Prince
Emily Purcell
Rita Renwick
Jill Riddell
Alex Rossi
Jane Rothschild
Tony Rothschild
Lorra Rudman
Luka Saparnyte
Jeremiah Schatt
Grant Schreiber
Doug Shaeffer
Lois Shelgren
Debra Shore
Jason Sippel
Adair Small
Jean Sodeman
Jennie Strable
Elizabeth Sweetland
David Taliaferro
Jenny Thiermann
Michael S. Thompson
Wanda Thompson
Amanda Tichacek
M Tomaschewsky
Deborah Turski
Katharine Uhrich
Lauren Umek
Gavin Van Horn
Stacy Vincent
Kristen Wacker
Gabriela Wakulchik
Edward Warden
Noreen Weeden
Karen Weigert
Irene Weinman
Christopher J. Whelan
Win Whelan
Lindsay Wilkes
Dave Willard
Chris Williamson
Aimee Wise
Ted Wolff
Kristy Yale
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

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