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Fatal Light Awareness Program - Many birds migrate at night, when predators retire and winds tend to die down. The 11/00 issue of Architecture Magazine says: "Empire State Building officials, take note: Chicago's Hancock Centre has doused its ornamental night time lighting to save the nearly 1,500 birds that - nightly - meet abrupt deaths when they crash into the tower during migration season, mistaking its illumination for stars or the moon." Find out what YOU can do. I wish that light pollution’s effect on birds was taken as seriously in the UK.

Fatal Light Awareness Program - Many birds migrate at night, when predators retire and winds tend to die down. The 11/00 issue of Architecture Magazine says: "Empire State Building officials, take note: Chicago's Hancock Centre has doused its ornamental night time lighting to save the nearly 1,500 birds that - nightly - meet abrupt deaths when they crash into the tower during migration season, mistaking its illumination for stars or the moon." Find out what YOU can do. I wish that light pollution?s effect on birds was taken as seriously in the UK.The purpose of this piece is to increase public awareness of the potential impacts of towers and other man-made structures by highlighting some of the pertinent websites on the subject. Whether you call it ?Cut Off Lighting?, ?Friendly Lighting?, or ?Good Neighbour Lighting?, it?s common sense to choose lighting fixtures that cut glare, reduce sky glow and eliminate wasted energy. Many US communities are passing legislation to enforce environmentally sound outdoor lighting practices, but you don?t need legislation to use courtesy and common sense when buying and installing light fixtures.Most songbirds evolved migrating at night, when predators retire and winds die down. The 11/00 issue of Architecture Magazine says: Empire State Building officials, take note: Chicago's Hancock Centre has doused its ornamental night time lighting to save the nearly 1,500 birds that - nightly - meet abrupt deaths when they crash into the tower during migration season, mistaking its illumination for stars or the moon.Most of the dead and wounded kinglets, warblers, thrushes, and more are scavenged by cats, raccoons, crows, rats seagulls etc. Songbirds diminish while scavengers thrive. Last year volunteers gathered over 3000 dead and wounded birds of 138 different species in Toronto, compared to near 10,000 found in past years. Please see the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP): http://www.flap.org/links.htmFLAP asks cities to extinguish all interior building lights and non-essential outdoor lights - especially all flood lighting, during migration time, and to shield essential light. Doing so also reduces the amount of power plant emissions in flyways.Migration covers about half the year. Web pages could help improve species survival rates by featuring FLAP's lighting cautions, a link to FLAP and a page that promotes the wonderful gift to the future of bird-friendly lighting legislation.Further information: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Bird kills at towers and other man-made structures http://www.jmu.edu/wmra/engineering/bibliography.htmlAlso see other entries on Fatbirder?s Migration page including:

LiteLynx - Click on Flora and Fauna: http://members.aol.com/ctstarwchr/LiteLynx.htm#index
Tools: Preparing For Migration Season http://www.flap.org/page3.htm
Bird-Friendly Building Program. http://www.flap.org/bfb.htm
Bird-friendly luminaire ideas: http://store.yahoo.com/elights/darksky.htmlThe person who posted much of this information to me would be glad to try and answer any questions you may have. Feel free to mail Karolyn Beebe, Volunteer Advocate for Sustainable Outdoor Lighting, from Madison, Wisconsin USA keedos@earthlink.net Please also visit the links in: http://www.darksky.org/ida/links/photobio.html

4th July 2014