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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 a large part 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


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


FLAP App on Smartphone


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


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?

August 20, 2020

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

The term ‘Bird-Friendly’ is now commonly used by government agencies, research bodies, conservation groups and industry professionals when addressing a diverse range of bird conservation issues, including bird-building collisions, habitat restoration (e.g., promotion of native, organic gardens) and agricultural management (e.g., shade-grown coffee).

Since 2010, FLAP Canada embraced the term Bird-Safe Buildings as we were developing our building standard and risk assessment program, BirdSafe®.  This term, which incorporates bird collision mitigation methodologies that meet current bird behaviour science and collision deterrent technologies, more accurately describes our conservation goals.”

Michael Mesure, FLAP Canada Executive Director

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