Migratory Birds need help

To birds glass is invisible, they don’t see the danger.

Ghostly imprint left after impact.

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge.

The Year of the Bird 2018

National Geographic, the National Audubon Society, Birdlife International, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology have joined forces to make 2018 the official “Year of the Bird”, marking 100 years of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, a US federal law enacted between the US and Great Britain(on behalf of Canada).

More than one hundred organizations will participate throughout the year to keep you informed and engaged in activities they have put together associated with migratory birds.  Please visit the main organizer’s websites(above) to discover events, pictures, videos, and activities related to the birds, their flight paths, habitats, safety information as well as plenty of fun facts and things that will help you to understand more about these fascinating creatures.

S&T Window Films is also definitely delighted to celebrate the"Year of the Bird".  We would like to bring to your attention a situation that continues to cause much suffering for birds and is contributing to the steep decline in their population. Glass windows and doors are invisible to birds. They pose great danger whenever birds and buildings share the same space.

Dr. Daniel Klem is the Sarkis Acopian Professor of Ornithology and Conservation Biology at Muhlenberg College. He is the leading authority in the study of the problems arising from glass injuring and killing birds. In an article, he wrote in 2009. "Preventing Bird-Window Collisions”¹ in The Wilson Journal of Ornithology," he states, “Birds behave as if clear and reflective glass and plastic windows are invisible, and annual avian mortality from collisions is estimated in the billions worldwide.”

They either see an extension of their existing habitat reflecting in the glass or a way to their next destination. In both instances, birds end up the worst for the encounter. The sheer volume of deaths and injuries due to window collision is having a devastating impact on the bird population and as windows are indiscriminate as killers there are several species that are close to extinction. Dr. Klem has done extensive studies over the years on the matter of bird fatalities and has been instrumental in bringing this problem to the public’s attention. He has published many articles on the matter.

F.L.A.P, Fatal Light Awareness Program is an organization based in Toronto, Canada. They have been at the forefront making people aware of the dangers buildings and artificial lights have on migratory birds in urban centers. In 1993 F.L.A.P. started their “Lights Out” initiative" in Toronto, which was taken on by the National Audubon Society in the United States, who since 1999 has helped organize this program in a number of cities across the country. F.L.A.P identified how birds at night, attempting to navigate on their migratory paths, confused city lights with the stars and became trapped in the lights, flying until they dropped from exhaustion or crashed into buildings. In the daytime, surviving birds not able to distinguish between the natural habitat such as trees and bushes and its reflection collide into windows and die, or are stunned then killed by scavenging predators. Find out more about “Lights Out” and other best practice in helping birds with appropriate lighting at night by visiting F.L.A.P. and other websites mentioned in this article.

S&T Window Films has maintained contact with Dr. Klem over the years. He helped us understand the problem birds are facing on a daily basis with glass. We have been able to help our customers minimize the danger of their buildings to birds by applying bird safety films to their windows. One such example is Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge in Washington, they had a big problem with the birds they were protecting, crashing into the windows in the visitor's center. We used a "One Way Vision Film" as the solution. This meant that visitors could continue to view the birds without the worry of witnessing another window collision.  One way view film is one of many options we have available to protect birds from window collision which includes our excellent Solyx range of bird safety film.

Do you own or manage a building in Grays Harbor, Thurston, King, or Pierce County? Do you have a genuine concern for the safety of migratory birds in your area?  You can now find out how to make a difference by contacting us. We can help the birds see the windows and have a fighting chance of survival. For information on the range of films available for bird safety. 

If its Glass We’ve Got It Covered

Film added to the outside of the visitors center to make the glass visible to the birds.

The view from the visitors center. The birds are safe and the visitors can watch with peace of mind.

Exterior view. What the birds see.

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