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On June 27, 2012, CBS 62 Chief Meteorologist Jim Madaus talked to Rob Duchene of the Detroit Audubon about how buildings and city lights threaten migratory birds. The conversation is part of a story aired on First Forecast Mornings on CBS 62 and CW50. You can watch the clip below.

The Craig Fahle Show

Detroit Audubon Turns off the Lights

Rob Duchene from the Detroit Audubon Safe Passage committee was interviewed regarding the Safe Passage Program on the Craig Fahle show on WDET (101.9) Wednesday, August 31, 2012.

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Switching Tower Lights Could Save Birds
Emily Sohn, Discovery News

April 15, 2009 — Millions of birds die every year from nighttime collisions with communication towers. But there may be a simple way to save tons of avian lives — without tearing down towers or sacrificing airplane safety.

All we have to do, a new study suggests, is change some light bulbs so that steady lights become blinking lights.

“The potential is that all the communication towers in the world could potentially be changed to be better,” said Terry Rich, director of Partners in Flight, a bird conservation group, in Boise, Idaho. He was not involved with the new study. “That would save millions and millions of birds,” Rich said. “It’s hugely important. It’s hard to overemphasize what the potential is.”

An estimated 4 or 5 million birds die each year in the United States from flying into communications towers, said Joelle Gehring, lead author of the new study, though some estimates range as high as 50 million birds a year. Migratory songbirds are the most common victims of tower collisions. And most run-ins happen at night, which is when these birds tend to travel.