• Why We Care

    An estimated 1 to 10 birds die per building, per year. The City of Toronto has over 950,000 registered buildings that could potentially kill over 9 million birds each year. Across North America, the estimated number of migrating birds killed annually in collisions with buildings ranges from 100 million to 1 billion birds.

    Swallow landing on a branch


Each year in Canada, more than 25 million migratory birds die as a direct result of bird-building collision fatalities. That number is exponentially more when factoring in bird deaths by cats, agriculture, climate change, pollution, invasive species and the erosion of habitat due to mass urbanization. We can only expect that number to continue to grow unless we all work together to help mitigate local biodiversity loss through urban development that preserves wildlife species, flora and fauna for human and ecosystem benefit.

“We have taken over the earth and the sea and the sky, but with skill and care and knowledge, we can ensure that there is still a place on Earth for birds in all their beauty and variety – if we want to – and surely, we should.”

—Sir David Attenborough

FLAP Canada - 25 Years

Our Mission

FLAP Canada is dedicated to safeguarding migratory birds in the built environment through education, policy development, research, rescue and rehabilitation.

Our Vision

We envision a 24-hour collision-free
built environment for migratory birds.

Who We Are

Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) Canada is a registered Canadian charity widely recognized as the pre-eminent authority on the bird-building collision issue.

For more than 25 years, FLAP Canada and a network of over 100 partners, thousands of supporters, hundreds of volunteers, along with many other nature organizations, have engaged millions of people in the bird collision issue with dozens of campaigns and initiatives, but one goal: keep birds safe.

Juniper Bird

How Our Work Keeps Birds Safe

Since 1993, FLAP Canada has been using on-the-ground conservation, advocacy, policy development, research, awareness, education and outreach to reach millions of people.  We are committed to:

  • Educating our communities through awareness
  • Engaging our communities through citizen science
  • Advocating volunteerism for bird recovery, rescue and rehabilitation
  • Showcasing bird-deterrent solutions for homeowners
  • Showcasing bird-deterrant solutions for government, institutions, commercial and industry, while enabling bird-safe conditions through BirdSafe® standards and building risk assessment services (design and retrofit stages)
Bird being released