Did you know that most birds migrate at night? They often use the moon, stars, and sun to navigate. Light pollution can interfere with these signals and cause a serious problem for birds: they might be thrown off course or become so disoriented that they circle until they fall to exhaustion or collide with buildings. You can help with just a flick of a switch – plus you’ll save money on energy costs!
- Turn off lights at night on unoccupied floors and in unused spaces.
- Close curtains and blinds.
- Turn off exterior floodlights during bird migration season.
- Opt for shielded lighting that directs lights downward.
- Try using task lighting at your workstation instead of overhead lights if you’re working late.
Fall Migration 2023: How You Can Help Migrating Birds
- Please turn out all non-essential lights from 11 pm – 6 am every night starting August 15 through November 30. Peak migration, when the highest concentration of birds are migrating, is September 6 – October 29.
- Report dead or injured bird sightings
- Participate in Austin’s boots-on-the ground efforts for Cornell’s Bird Building Collision Studies. Contact email@example.com to learn more–volunteer spots available September – October 2023.
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