Chicago, IL (January 23, 2019)– Alderman Brian Hopkins (2nd Ward) introduced in Chicago City Council today the Bird Friendly Design Ordinance (O2019-320).
”This ordinance makes the powerful statement that as we build an ever more vibrant and dynamic city, we will do so in a way that minimizes our city’s negative impact on native and migratory birds.” - Ald Brian Hopkins
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Using historical records, radar and satellite data to monitor the intensity of light pollution, we have identified five cities that pose the highest risks to fall migrants — Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and, of course, New York.
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Chicago is a dangerous place…..for migrating birds. But now scientists, architects, and dedicated volunteers are teaming up to make the city a leader in bird-friendly design and policy.
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With millions of birds dying from collisions every year, it’s heartening to know that bird-friendly lighting and design options are emerging.
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Chicago building managers and owners can take pride in participating in the nation’s most successful light reduction program for migratory birds. Lights Out! Chicago asks buildings to turn off or dim bright antenna, rooftop and display lights from 11pm to sunrise every spring and migration season. This act saves the lives of thousands of birds that would otherwise be attracted from their nightly travels towards the confusing city lights.
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Shiny glass buildings are a hallmark of modern architecture, but for birds, that shimmer can be deadly. Every year, an estimated 100 million to 1 billion birds die by flying into glass windows. By studying how birds interact with buildings, architects and ornithologists are trying to create special features designed to keep birds alive.
Below, click around to see architectural features that can make buildings safer for birds — or more deadly.
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The yellow and black warbler had flown thousands of miles from Central America when it struck a building in the Loop.
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As many as one billion North American birds die each year in after colliding with windows. Innovations can help them steer clear.
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Though we might not be able to reverse human development, we can be proactive about preventing bird deaths that results from our man-made obstacles. Below are three ways you can personally make a difference.
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The solutions to help reduce daytime bird collisions center on how buildings are designed. While a large amount of reflective glass may be aesthetically pleasing, it is more harmful to our feathered friends. Designing buildings with birds in mind would be one small part of the larger movement toward “greener” building design and construction
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