“As more and more people live in cities, it’s important that we appreciate nature right where we live and make our neighbourhoods safe for bird species. I volunteer with FLAP because I want to help secure the funding and support that our volunteers and staff need to save birds’ lives every day.”
“Each migratory bird has an incredible story — one to be marvelled at and celebrated. And yet we allow these incredible stories to end with a violent crash against a building window and death on the cold pavement. In working on the FLAP board I hope to continue my previous work in leading two private prosecutions against corporate building owners — resulting in an important legal precedent to protect migratory birds — and in my current role as adjunct professor of Natural Resources Management at Osgoode Hall Law School.”
“As an Indigenous organizer and professional, I have worked with various organizations as part of my lifelong commitment to supporting our ecosystems thrive and to support environmental justice work. I am happy to join FLAP Canada to continue this work through practical and effective means to support birds and prevent needless death in urban settings. I hope to bring my fifteen years of non-profit experience to support the governance and finances of FLAP Canada to make sure the critical work of bird preservation can continue with strength.”
“I have a fondness for birds – having once spent much time among double-crested cormorants as a field assistant – and I’m acutely aware of the destruction and harm caused by our built environment to migratory species. I’m also passionate about advancing their legal protection, whether by highlighting gaps in the law or through law reform and advocacy. I truly welcome this opportunity to combine my expertise as an environment lawyer and board member of FLAP Canada, to work towards protecting Canada’s incredible diversity of migratory birds.”
“Over the past ten years, I’ve volunteered my business acumen with FLAP Canada to develop bird collision reduction solutions and devise market strategies for its BirdSafe® standards and building risk assessment services. Not only does Board service allow me to further table my business management skills, FLAP’s mandate supports my personal commitment to bird preservation.”
John Robert Carley
B. Arch, FRAIC
“I believe that the bird-building collision issue must be addressed legislatively, by mitigation and prevention measures included in Zoning and Building Codes. Architects, Owners, and Builders must come to accept that including bird-strike deterrent measures in building design and construction are the ”best practice” and are simply part of doing good business.”
“I feel so fortunate to live in a city where nature is a part of my daily life, and find it heartbreaking that so many birds are injured or killed by colliding with buildings. I was introduced to FLAP in the mid-90s while caring for birds at the Toronto Wildlife Centre, when birds rescued by FLAP would be dropped off to us. Twenty-five years later, I’m drawing on my two decades of scientific experience to volunteer with the FLAP board because their mission to make the built environment safe for birds resonates with me.”
Honorary Board Member
Dr Daniel Klem Jr
“For 45 years, as a scientist I have studied, written, and taught about the threat that sheet glass and plastic pose to birds. I am motivated by available and growing evidence that bird-building collisions are an important conservation, building industry, legal, and animal welfare issue for birds and people worldwide. I feel privileged and honored to have served on the Board of an organization that is a model world leader addressing the unintended and unwanted avian mortality resulting from bird-window collisions.”
A core team oversees the day-to-day management of FLAP Canada.
A co-founder of FLAP, Michael has over 30 years’ experience bringing attention to the bird collision issue. He has worked tirelessly with government – federal, provincial, municipal – to develop migratory bird protection policies, collaborated with manufacturers of bird-deterrent technologies, and produced FLAP’s BirdSafe® Building Standards and its accompanying building auditing tool. He has also co-authored numerous reports, peer-reviewed articles, and research papers. Finally, he has taught numerous workshops to industry professionals, and addressed audiences on the issue and bird-safe solutions.
On staff since 2005, her activities include fundraising and public policy development. She has a Bachelor of Political Science.
A founding member of FLAP, Paloma has been on staff since 2012. She is a wildlife rehabilitator. Her main activities include overseeing the building monitoring program, public outreach and volunteer coordination.
Communications & BirdSafe® Manager
Volunteering with FLAP Canada since 2019, Lisa joined the staff team in 2021. Her main activities are managing our communications strategy and BirdSafe® consulting service. She received a Masters of Science degree studying conservation biology of migratory songbirds.