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Turn Off Lights for Birds in Flight!

November 2, 2023

By: Lizze Ferrari, Sustainability & Behavior Change Manager

During peak migration periods in the spring and fall, billions of birds travel across the United States, largely under the cover of darkness. Amidst this awe-inspiring natural spectacle, a rapidly escalating and often overlooked threat looms: light pollution.  

Light can both attract and disorient migrating birds, leading to confusion, fatigue, and an increased risk of collisions with buildings. By turning off lights these hazards are significantly reduced, providing migrating birds with a safer and less stressful passage on their journey. 

Some bird-friendly tips from our friends at BirdCast: 

Spring migration runs from approximately March 1 through June 15 and fall migration from approximately August 15 through November 30. 

Interested in your local migration? Click here to check out BirdCast’s bird migration forecast maps.

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