About Safe Passage Great Lakes

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Each year one hundred million to one billion birds die during night migrations. They face many hazards as they travel, but tall lighted buildings have been shown to be one of the most dangerous. The lights on tall buildings disorient the birds that  use the stars and moon to navigate. They circle the buildings repeatedly and either die of exhaustion or by colliding with the illuminated building. According to scientists at the Field Museum in Chicago, their mortality could be reduced 80% if those building lights were off.

By turning out those lights, not only will birds face less danger migrating, but money and energy will also be saved. It can be a win-win situation for building owners, the environment and the birds. If you are interested in learning more about Safe Passage, please contact Ava Landgraf, our Research Associate at alandgraf@detroitaudubon.org