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Participate in a Global Bird Collision Study

Did you see a bird hit a window? Have you found a dead or injured bird on the ground at the base of a building? FLAP Canada would like to know about it.

YOU CAN HELP SAVE BIRDS

By sharing your bird-window collision encounter, you contribute to a global database that will help the scientific, biological, ornithological and governmental communities better understand the magnitude of the bird-window collision issue, while help inspire new and effective bird collision deterrent technologies. More over, it will afford FLAP Canada the opportunity to offer collision prevention techniques to those locations where large volumes of birds are colliding.

BECOME A FLAP MAPPER TODAY

To report a bird collision, simply visit our FLAP Mapper web page and register as a Mapper. Whether you're in Canada, the United States, Australia or Brazil, the FLAP Mapper enables you to enter a bird/window collision anywhere in the world. To learn how to use the Mapper, read our FLAP Mapper Use Guide.

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.