FLAP Canada is holding a spring volunteer information session on Thursday, April 4, 2013.
Looking for a great organization to volunteer your time? Look no further. We are a charitable organization dedicated to migratory bird rescue. Prior knowledge of birds is not needed. Training is provided. Just bring your willingness to help make the journey over Toronto’s skies a little safer for birds.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
TORONTO CITY HALL
100 Queen Street West, 2nd Floor, Committee Room 4
Toronto, ON. M5H 2N2
Come and see what all the FLAP is about!
Space is limited, so please R.S.V.P. soon to 416-366-3527 or email us at email@example.com
The bodies of over 2,400 migratory birds that died in collisions with buildings while trying to navigate through our city last year will be
displayed at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in the Schad Gallery of Biodiversity, on March 21, 2013. Public and media viewing is from 11 am to 12 noon. Join @FLAP_TO in saying goodbye to these victims of collisions with buildings. #savebirds
As a result of the recent legal decision by Judge Melvyn Green in Toronto, Dr. Daniel Klem, who testified as an expert witness in the recent trial regarding migratory bird deaths spoke with Matt Galloway of the CBC.
For Immediate Release: February 12, 2013
FLAP Canada Urges Building Owners to Apply Bird-Safe Retrofits After Lawsuit Success
Toronto, ON – In a month’s time, migratory birds will begin to fly through the Ontario region for their annual spring migration to their breeding grounds. In recognition of the landmark ruling by Judge Melvyn Green yesterday, setting legal precedent to protect migratory birds from collisions with reflective cladding, FLAP Canada continues to urge building owners to initiate bird-safe retrofits at their buildings.
Collisions with buildings is now a leading cause of death to migratory birds. Since 1993, the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) Canada has recovered over 59,000 birds from 165 species within the Greater Toronto Area alone, all victims of collisions with buildings. It is unsettling to add that 20 of these species are “At Risk” in Canada, making it all the more imperative for action to be taken to mitigate this cause of death.
Although we recognize buildings were not designed with the intent to kill birds, and is therefore an inherited issue, this fact cannot justify an absence of due diligence to prevent such harm – especially given the various laws that serve to protect them.
Migratory birds are protected species under federal legislation (Migratory Birds Convention Act and the Species at Risk Act) and provincial legislation (Environmental Protection Act).
“The law is now clear that owners and managers of buildings with reflective windows that kill or injure birds must take action,” said prosecuting Ecojustice lawyer Albert Koehl.
“FLAP Canada is eager to continue to assist building owners, operators, and designers to help them mitigate bird deaths and injuries at their facilities,” said Michael Mesure, Executive Director of FLAP Canada.
About FLAP (www.flap.org): FLAP Canada is working to safeguard migratory birds in the urban environment through education, research, rescue, and rehabilitation.
For more information, contact Michael Mesure, 416-366-3527 firstname.lastname@example.org
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For Immediate Release: February 11, 2013
Lawsuit highlights the need for bird-safe building retrofits: FLAP Canada urges building owners to apply bird-safe films
Toronto, ON – Environmental groups await Judge Melvyn Green`s ruling today on the second of two landmark lawsuits against buildings responsible for bird fatalities. Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited, the management company of the Yonge Corporate Centre (YCC), was prosecuted this summer by Ecojustice for allegations involving the death or injury of over 800 birds at the Yonge and York Mills complex. Alleged victims included several Canada Warblers and one Olive-sided Flycatcher, both threatened species under the federal Species at Risk Act. The Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) Canada staff and volunteers were key witnesses at this trial.
YCC has since applied window film treatments to one lethal wall of 4120 Yonge Street in order to prevent bird injuries and deaths.
“Regardless of the trial decision to be handed down today,” said FLAP Canada’s Executive Director Michael Mesure, “FLAP Canada is pleased and relieved that YCC management has done what we’ve been requesting for years. We know that hundreds of birds were saved by this initiative in 2012, and we are looking forward to seeing bird-safe treatments on all sides of all three buildings in the YCC complex in the near future.”
Consilium Place, another mirrored complex, has been the site of over 9,000 bird collisions since 2000, but in the fall of 2012 building management had bird-safe window film applied to two of their three buildings and the glass linkway. As a result, FLAP Canada estimates that over 600 birds were saved in 2012.
“We recognize Menkes Developments and Kevric Real Estate for these ground-breaking initiatives,” said Mesure. “This is the first project of this magnitude to be undertaken in North America.”
All corporate, institutional, government and residential building owners are encouraged to apply visual markers to the outside of their windows or mirrored walls to enable birds to see and avoid them. It is also critical to incorporate bird-safe design elements into renovations and new construction.
About FLAP CANADA (www.flap.org): FLAP is working to safeguard migratory birds in the urban environment through education, research, rescue and rehabilitation. FLAP remains committed to working in partnership with key stakeholders interested in bird conservation.
For more information, contact Michael Mesure, 416-366-3527 email@example.com
On February 11, 2013, Judge Melvyn Green of the Ontario Court of Justice delivered a 45 page decision setting a legal precedent that will protect migratory birds from lethal collisions with highly reflective windows. Read more at :http://www.ecojustice.ca/media-centre/press-releases/Legal-precedent-will-protect-migratory-birds-from-fatal-window-strikes%20
For those who have been following the landmark precedent setting court case against the (now former) owners of Consilium Place in Scarborough, the decision will be handed down by Justice of the Peace W. Turtle, tomorrow, Nov. 14.
Here are the precise details:
9am -Court E-8
1530 Markham, Scarboro (Midland bus from Scarboro
Case name: Schultz v. Menkes Developments et al
Kudos to Councillor Valerie Burke and the City of Markham for demonstrating that bird friendly buildings can be beautiful and save thousands of lives!http://www.yorkregion.com/news/article/1525748–markham-finds-balancing-act-for-bird-safety
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, starting at 10 am, final submissions will be presented in the Ecojustice v Cadillac Fairview trial. Please show FLAP your support by coming to Toronto Old City Hall, 60 Queen St. W., 2nd Floor, room 121. Close to Queen St. subway and a short walk west of the Eaton Centre.
We would like to thank all those who responded so generously to our recent fall appeal. Your continued support for the work we do and the dedication of our awesome volunteers is what keeps us going. Next year we will be celebrating 20 years of FLAP. Thanks in part to your support, thousands of birds have been rescued, treated and released. Our hats go off to each and every one of you.
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Have you ever known the immense satisfaction of returning a lost and confused young bird to its parents? As summer nears its end, juvenile birds are leaving their nests and preparing to make it on their own. FLAP rescuers typically find far more fallen birds during the fall migration season because the immature birds swell the ranks of migrants. Not all FLAP rescues happen during spring or fall migration though, and they don’t all involve birds that have hit buildings. Sometimes our expertise is called upon to help birds who have simply lost their way.
Here’s a case in point: FLAP staff received a call from security guards at the Eaton Centre in early July saying that two “peregrines” were stranded in the walkway between their complex and the neighbouring building.
Michael Mesure and Paloma Plant arrived on the scene to find one young American Kestrel perched uncertainly on a bicycle’s handlebars and another tucked into a corner. Best guess: they had attempted to fly and made a crash landing instead. As Paloma succinctly puts it: “Being juveniles they get into trouble very quickly… and they did.”
Both birds were soon netted, examined and pronounced to be in good shape. Their best chance for survival would be to reunite them with their parents. After getting the necessary permission, and accompanied by security guards and a man from building services, Michael and Paloma brought the young birds up onto the roof and found a shady spot for them.
Taking a moment to quietly orient themselves, the two kestrels looked around and slowly hopped apart, then came back together again. One let out a call and then the other’s voice piped in. Immediately – so fast that “the hairs on your arms stood up” – an adult responded.
Paloma and Mike both agreed that it was “awesome” but they didn’t stay to watch the family reunion, not wanting to disturb the birds. The security guards walked away confident that they could call upon FLAP again when a similar situation arose.
FLAP staff and volunteers have accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience about birds hitting buildings… and how to prevent such collisions. We will even go so far as to reduce the risk of window strikes for juveniles (particularly for susceptible species that may nest on a downtown rooftop such as peregrines or kestrels) by taking them back to their nest site (…or our educated guess as to where that site would be).
More than that, thanks to FLAP’s unrelenting work educating the development, construction and building management sectors, these professionals now come to us for our expertise on collision prevention.
Here are some great news stories we’d like to share with you:
SSQ Financial Group had the east façade of their building, 110 Sheppard Avenue East, treated with window film to prevent bird strikes.
Window treatments at 4120 Yonge Street, part of the Yonge Corporate Centre complex, were recently applied from the ground to the top floor to protect migratory and resident birds in the adjacent ravine woodland.
National Public Radio recently aired/posted a radio documentary that thoroughly explores the bird-strike issue. FLAP’s Executive Director Michael Mesure is quoted extensively. Visit our website at www.flap.org and click on Blog for a link to the article.
Your generous support along with donations from foundations and companies such as the Ontario Trillium Foundation, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Mountain Equipment Co-op and others have enabled FLAP to do all that we do. In order to continue our good work, we rely on you to continue your financial support.
We ask you to make a fall migration gift of $50, $75, $100 or more? Or would you consider joining BirdSong, our monthly giving plan with a donation of $5, $10, $20 or more each month?
A small withdrawal from your bank or credit union account provides FLAP with a reliable source of income. The arrangement can be cancelled anytime.
Fall migration will soon be in full swing with FLAP staff and volunteers working harder than ever to save the lives of the birds we all cherish. We would be most grateful for your support once again.
P.S. Your donation to FLAP demonstrates how much you care about birds. Thank you on behalf of all the birds whose lives we hold in our hands.
Two recent articles/interviews by Christopher Joyce on National Public Radio (NPR) indicate that there is a growing trend with some architects to design bird friendly buildings, after they recognise that poor design can be lethal to millions of migratory birds each year. Emerging technologies have provided a number of ways to apply window treatments to enable birds to see the markers and avoid contact. In time we hope to see more and more buildings adopt this type of treatment, thus saving millions of birds’ lives. Please read or listen to both articles. Part 1: http://www.npr.org/2012/08/08/157657499/a-clear-and-present-danger-how-glass-kills-birds?ft=1&f=157657499 and Part 2: http://www.npr.org/2012/08/09/157792377/building-for-birds-architects-aim-for-safer-skies