Welcome Migrants!

Can you see the glass or just the trees? © NYC Audubon

When September rolls around, many of us think about fall migration and the countless birds flying overhead as they make their way southward. Here at NYC Audubon, we’re not only thinking about it, but working to help those migrants navigate the city more safely. Two of our major programs – Project Safe Flight and Lights Out NY – are focused on understanding how the built environment affects birds and working with buildings to clear the birds’ paths. Reflective glass and lights of buildings can both be problematic for birds. Project Safe Flight volunteers visit specific sites every morning to look for injured migrants that collide with buildings; the data they gather give us insight into problem areas and information to share with the buildings as we look for solutions. Buildings participating in Lights Out NY agree to turn their lights off during migration at certain times, saving lives and energy.  As you enjoy the spectacle of fall migration be sure to think about just how arduous the birds’ journey is and spread the word!

- John Rowden

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