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"Who would have thought that in a moment, the voice of just one bird would be sung loud enough to change the world?" For FLAP Canada Executive Director Michael Mesure that moment came almost three decades ago when a Common Yellowthroat he had rescued from a building collision escaped from its sheltering paper bag inside his car, perched on the rear-view mirror and began to sing. Michael continued driving, enchanted by the bird's glorious song. Suddenly, the singing stopped and the yellowthroat collapsed into his lap, dead.

Not a day goes by where Michael doesn't reflect on that profound event, and to this day he fights back tears when asked to share the details of his encounter. In retrospect, it was in this moment that the bird/building collision movement began. For it was shortly thereafter that Michael and a team of like-minded volunteers who in the spring of 1993 created FLAP.

All FLAP Canada's efforts for the past quarter of a century have been poured into protecting bird species from the life-threatening dangers of our built environment. Despite numerous challenges along the way and many roadblocks yet to pass, FLAP has achieved great successes and, most importantly, cemented this issue in the public consciousness, encouraging every last one of us who inhabit structures enveloped with glass and light to create a built environment that is safe for bird.

Our wholehearted thanks go out to all our partners, volunteers, and donors.
Together, we ensure that birds will always sing their hearts out.

SOME OF FLAP CANADA'S 25 YEARS OF ACHIEVEMENTS


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SOME OF OUR MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
  • Time Magazine - 1997
  • Wall Street Journal - 1998
  • CNN - 2000
  • National Geographic Magazine - 2002, 2003 and 2008
  • The Nature of Things - 1997 and 2015
  • Animal Planet - 2002
  • Maclean's Magazine - 2011
  • New York Times - 2012
  • The Messenger - 2015
  • BBC - 2018