FLAP’s Origin Story
Almost three decades ago, FLAP Canada Executive Director Michael Mesure rescued a common yellowthroat from a building collision. While enroute to rehab the bird, it escaped from the paper bag, inside his car. It perched on his rearview mirror and began to sing. Michael continued driving, enchanted by its glorious song. Suddenly, the bird stopped singing and collapsed into his lap, dead.
Not a day goes by when Michael doesn’t reflect on this profound experience—he still fights back tears when recounting it. It was in this moment that the bird-building collision movement began. Shortly thereafter, in 1993, Michael and a team of like-minded people founded FLAP Canada.
From then, the organization has had a profound impact on bringing this issue to light (and lights out) globally.
For over a quarter century, FLAP Canada has poured its efforts into protecting birds from the life-threatening dangers of our built environment. We couldn’t do it without you… our partners, volunteers, and donors.