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Windowkills Conference

Friday, January 07, 2005
WIndowkills is a term birders use to refer to the phenomenon of birds ramming themselves mid-flight into glass, and thus either a)killing themselves instantly or b) stunning themselves and remaining motionless on the ground long enough for predators to take advantage of the situation.
In this way we humans, in building our environments, have passively killed hundreds of thousands of migrating birds, so that the experts are saying that within 100 years we will lose over half of these species in North America.
A bright spot: In recent years the Toronto-based Fatal Light Awareness Project (FLAP) has made some progress by getting building owners downtown to agree to turn out their lights during the migration season. Yay!
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