Apr 04 2014
Here’s the project I’ve been praying for. I hope you can help.
As I know too well, windows are a huge cause of death in birds. Each year up to 1 billion birds die by hitting windows in the U.S. and some of them are Pittsburgh’s juvenile peregrines. The problem is especially acute during spring and fall migration when thousands of birds pass through North American cities in the dark. Half are killed outright. The others are stunned and need time to recuperate. The song sparrow above died in a window-strike at WQED. The stunned golden-crowned kinglet, rescued by Shawn Collins, is showing his yellow crown because he has a big headache!
Across North America innovative cities are working to make their towns safer for birds. Now, thanks to a coalition of seven organizations(*), Pittsburgh is poised to join Toronto, Minneapolis-St.Paul, San Francisco and a host of others to make our town “bird safe.” The project begins this month.
For six weeks during migration — mid-April through May — BirdSafe Pittsburgh needs volunteers to walk portions of downtown daily for an hour or two in the early morning, looking for stunned or dead birds. Stunned birds will be rescued. All birds will be counted.
If you have free time in the early morning, and especially if you work Downtown, this project is for you!
Meet at the National Aviary, 100 Arch Street, on Sunday April 13, noon-to-2:00pm to learn what to do. Questions? Email Matt Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope you can help.
Let’s make Pittsburgh BirdSafe!
(photo of window-killed song sparrow by Kate St. John. photo of collision-stunned golden-crowned kinglet by Shawn Collins)
(*) The coalition includes: American Bird Conservancy, National Aviary, Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Powdermill, Animal Rescue League Wildlife Center, Green Building Alliance, and Chatham University.