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Birds are vanishing at an alarming rate

In September, 2019, scientists reported the number of birds in Canada and the United States fell by 29 percent since 1970. That’s staggering. And the majority of that decline is due to bird collisions with glass windows, walls, and other built structures. Making windows safer for birds can prevent collisions and conserve bird populations.

The solution to the bird-building collision problem goes further because birds don’t see the world the way we do.  Glass is not an object to them. It lies in understanding birds and the science of bird behaviour, and comprehending the surrounding ecosystem – water, topography, food source, lighting – in order to act on bird-safe solutions.

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To help you, we dedicated a website – BirdSafe.ca – to be your go-to resource filled with practical solutions to prevent birds from hitting windows and buildings.

Annual Campaigns

BIRD LAYOUT

Since 2001, we draw attention to the bird-building collision issue by presenting an emotive and provocative layout of dead birds collected by our in-field volunteers.

GLOBAL BIRD RESCUE

Global Bird Rescue (GBR) is an annual campaign that uses the Global Bird Collision Mapper (GBCM) to document bird-building collisions across the globe.

Tools

FLAP App on Smartphone

BUILDING SELF-ASSESSMENT APP

Assess the windows at your home or workplace with our app.

GLOBAL BIRD COLLISION MAPPER

If you find a dead or injured bird from a window collision, chart it using our mapper tool.

Bird-safe vs Bird-friendly

What is the difference?

In 1995, FLAP Canada and World Wildlife Fund Canada launched the first-ever Bird-Friendly Building Program; a list of voluntary guiding principals designed to help prevent bird collisions with lighted structures.

The term Bird-Friendly is now widely used among government agencies, research bodies, conservation groups and industry professionals as a token for addressing the issue of bird-building collisions. The inherent flaw of this term is that the action taken doesn’t necessarily result in helping reduce this threat.

The term Bird-Safe separates those who adopt mitigation methods that factor the additionally critical element of bird behaviour science that have proven results at bird collision reduction.

Michael Mesure
FLAP Canada Executive Director

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