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Migratory bird populations have taken a nose dive in the past 40 years. But you can help bring their numbers back by creating beneficial, beautiful and fun habitats in your own backyard. Discover favorite plants and environments that shelter and feed colorful songbirds, as well as how to make them feel welcome by offering their preferred natural foods.

Grandma Pearl
(Connie Smith)

Friday, February 15, 2013

Victory for Birds!

Each year millions of birds are killed by colliding with windows.  There are new special products that help birds to see and avoid windows.  Thanks to a judge in Ontario, Canada, many birds will now be safe from hitting windows.  The judge ruled on Monday that under Canada's Environmental Protection Act, building owners, especially of high-rise tower buildings, can be held liable if light reflected from their windows causes either death or injury to birds.

This sets a new precedent for landlords of these tall buildings to be required to retrofit their windows with a new film that makes the glass visible by use of ultraviolet light.  Birds are very good at detecting the ultraviolet part of the light spectrum.

For newer construction, window glass makers have perfected a special product that breaks up the reflection that birds see.  If you take a walk around your house and look at what is reflected in your windows, you will see how birds end up hitting windows.  To them it looks just like the sky, trees and open air in which they normally fly.

This new ruling will go a long way towards saving millions of birds from this avoidable hazard.  To Read more about what you can do to make your windows safe for birds, click here:  Why Do Birds Fly In To Windows?

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