Entries by FLAP Canada

Spring bird migration is underway: Here’s what property managers and owners can do to protect birds

Billions of birds are on the move across North America this spring as they migrate to their northern breeding areas. Unfortunately, many do not reach their destination due to fatal collisions with reflective and transparent glass. Light pollution in urban areas intensifies this problem by throwing migrating birds off course and drawing them closer to […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Anne van Elsen

How long have you been a FLAP volunteer? I have been a FLAP volunteer since October 2010. In what capacity do you volunteer? I’m a bird rescue volunteer, centered around the Yonge and Eglinton area in Toronto. What initially drew you to volunteer with FLAP? Starting in 1995 or so, I would see the ROM […]

A Lesson From a Fallen Star: How a Warbler Taught Me to Give Back

By Michal Zhitomirsky “It’s like Pokémon GO, but in real life!” The above is my standard attempt to explain my enthusiasm for bird watching to my loved ones, who typically respond with a polite smile and vacant eyes. Bird watching has been my favourite activity for three years, and is especially rewarding during the pandemic […]

FLAP in 2020: Our Favourite Achievements

The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly made 2020 a year like no other. But, despite all the challenges this year has thrown at us, we at FLAP Canada have never stopped fighting to be a voice for birds. Things looked very different in 2020. To keep our volunteers, staff, and community safe, we made the difficult […]

Meet the Birds of Global Bird Rescue: 2020 Edition

By Kaitlin Brough, FLAP Canada’s Global Bird Rescue Coordinator for 2019 & 2020 As we enter into colder weather in North America, most of the migratory birds have already made their passage south. Sadly, many of these birds never arrive at their wintering grounds because they are killed or injured from collisions with glass during […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Vicki Soon-Ai Low

How long have you been a FLAP volunteer? I have volunteered for FLAP since 2007. In what capacity do you volunteer? I have done a few different things. I patrolled at Consilium Place until a few years ago (and was proud to be one of the witnesses in the lawsuit brought by Ecojustice against the […]

Mitigating Glass Railings

By John Carley All FLAP volunteers and supporters are well aware of the dangers windows present to birds, but all too often we forget about other architectural uses of glass. You’ve probably seen the ad, or one similar – Undisturbed, natural, beautiful – extolling the virtues of frameless glass railings for your home or cottage. […]

Keep Cats Safe and Save Bird Lives

By Ted Cheskey and Aly Hyder Ali, Nature Canada In 2013, Canadian Bird Scientist Peter Blanchard authored one of several scientific papers, published in the Journal Avian Ecology and Conservation on human-related causes of bird mortality.  The papers quantified a spectrum of human-related causes of bird mortality, using the best science available. The result was […]

Backyards for Birds

By Irene Fedun, Founding Member of FLAP Canada      As a founding member of the Fatal Light Awareness Program, I am all too familiar with the painful thud of a bird hitting a window….at the glass towers of downtown Toronto.    I’d never known – and never expected – a bird to hit a window in […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Ben Coleman

How long have you been a FLAP volunteer? Since about January 2018. I think I first learned about FLAP in late 2016 when one of my classmates in university gave a final project presentation on bird collisions. In what capacity do you volunteer? I volunteer as a board member. In addition to studying ecology and […]