Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

From the Fabricator: Birds and Glass

"There are many ways I can go with this story, but I’ll just say this: There are options for bird-friendly glazing. And it’s time for the focus to go from the glass being an issue to the glass being a solution. The owner/architect needs to be on some of the hooks here. The materials are there, and the designer needs to take into account bird migration paths and design accordingly. While you’ll see in the linked article that glass is listed as the bad guy, I sincerely hope that we as an industry can stand up and note that it simply shouldn’t be all on us."


Duke ‘green’ building blamed for bird deaths

One of the first Duke University buildings to be certified as “green” appears to be causing more bird deaths than any other building on campus.  The Fitzpatrick Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine and Applied Sciences caused 85 bird deaths during three 21-day surveys during the peak migration period spanning 2014-15."

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/durham-news/article24691264.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here:  http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/durham-news/article24691264.html

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Photos: Mary&Pat

Indigo Bunting (Rackspace Bldg. 31C).

Working on ID (Bldg. 7E/A)

Cedar Waxwing remains (Bldg. 7E/A).

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NEW SPECIES - Killdeer

Photos: Mary&Pat
 NEW SPECIES:  Killdeer (Bldg. 7C).

Northern Flicker (Bldg. 7E).

Proposed Legislation Could Prevent Millions of Bird Deaths

“Building collisions are certainly among the greatest man-made killers of birds. Three hundred million to one billion birds or more die each year from collisions with glass on buildings—from skyscrapers to homes. While this legislation is limited to federal buildings, it’s a very good start that could lead to more widespread applications of bird-friendly designs elsewhere,” said Dr. Christine Sheppard, ABC Bird Collisions Campaign Manager.

In the most comprehensive study of its kind, “Bird–building Collisions in the United States: Estimates of Annual Mortality and Species Vulnerability” published in January 2014, the species most commonly reported as building kills (collectively representing 35 percent of all records) were White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Ovenbird, and Song Sparrow. However, the study found that some species are disproportionately vulnerable to building collisions. Several of these are birds of national conservation concern and fall victim primarily to certain building types. Those species include:
  • Golden-winged Warbler and Canada Warbler at low-rises, high-rises, and overall
  • Painted Bunting at low-rises and overall
  • Kentucky Warbler at low-rises and high-rises
  • Worm-eating Warbler at high-rises
More here:  http://www.abcbirds.org/newsandreports/releases/150513.html

Action Alert: Proposed Legislation Could Prevent Millions of Bird Deaths

U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) and Rep. Morgan Griffith (VA-09) have introduced the Federal Bird-Safe Buildings Act (HR 2280).  The bill is designed to prevent the deaths of millions of birds by calling for each public building constructed, acquired, or significantly altered by the General Services Administration (GSA) to incorporate, to the maximum extent possible, bird-safe building materials and design features. Many buildings constructed by GSA are already, in fact, bird-friendly. The legislation would require GSA to take similar actions on existing buildings, where practicable.

“Migratory bird season in Chicago reminds us that birds are not only beautiful animals telling us that warmer weather is on its way; but they help generate billions of dollars annually to the U.S. economy through wildlife watching activities,” said Rep. Quigley. “However, collisions with glass buildings claim hundreds of millions of bird lives each year in the U.S. The Federal Bird-Safe Buildings Act, a cost neutral bill, would help prevent these deaths by including bird-safe building materials and design features across federal buildings.”

Please urge your U.S. Representative to support the 2015 Federal Bird-Safe Buildings Act, which would help prevent the deaths of millions of birds by including bird-safe building materials and design features across federal buildings.