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MAKE YOUR HOME SAFE FOR BIRDS

Northern Goshawk that collided with a residential window
(Photo: FLAP)

Now that winter is upon us, our bird feeders will be busier than ever. With this increase in activity comes an increase in bird collisions with your home windows. You can help reduce, and in some cases eliminate this threat with easy and inexpensive window treatments. First start by adopting the following tips:

RELOCATE YOUR BIRD FEEDERS

Position your bird feeders, birdbaths and other attractants half a meter (1.5 feet) or less from your windows. From this short distance, birds cannot build up enough momentum to injure themselves should they hit your window. This may seem counter-intuitive, but the closer the bird feeder to your window, the better for the birds and your viewing!

MOVE HOUSEPLANTS

If you can see your houseplants from the outside of your home, then so can the birds. birds perceive your houseplants as a possible perch or refuge. Moving your houseplants back from your windows lessens this attraction.

CLOSE CURTAINS AND BLINDS

Close curtains and blinds to reduce the dangerous illusion of clear passage through windows, especially those that meet at corners, or where windows are situated in line with one another at the front and back of your home.

Exterior window awnings can also help mute window reflection and help protect birds from the illusion of a clear passage.

RETROFIT TECHNOLOGIES FOR YOUR HOME

The key is to provide birds with the visual cues they need to alert them to the presence of glass. Visual markers on windows are the most effective collision reduction strategy when properly applied. To learn more about visual markers visit our Tips and Technologies for Residence page.

FLAP (Fatal Light Awareness Program) CANADA

OUR MISSION: Working to safeguard migratory birds in the urban environment through education, policy development, research, rescue and rehabilitation.

OUR VISION: Create a 24-hour collision free urban environment for migratory birds.