Bird Window Collision Reporting
Each year in the United States, as many as 1 billion birds die from flying into windows. Over 250 million of these fatalities (44%) occur in residential areas. While bird-window collisions happen throughout the year, an increased number of fatalities occur during periods of migration, as large numbers of exhausted birds stop and refuel in gardens, backyards and at feeders. This source of mortality is unnecessary, as there are a number of relatively simple steps* homeowners can take to drastically reduce the likelihood of bird-window collisions. Nevertheless, in order to fix the problem, it is essential that we understand it better.
This fall, the Audubon Society of Rhode Island will begin collecting data on bird-window collisions in the state. In order to better understand the number of birds that fall victim to window collisions each year, your help is essential. By collecting simple data on window strikes and reporting it to Audubon, you will provide important information that can be used to determine the number of birds that perish from window-strikes in Rhode Island. The data can also be used to determine when collisions are more likely, thereby strengthening our ability to take more effective steps towards reducing this source of mortality.
How to Participate
To participate in this project, all you need to do is document and report each window strike you observe, either at your home, place of work or during your daily activities. If you encounter a dead bird that is located near a window (suggesting it may have died from a collision), please log the sighting with Audubon by:
- Taking photos of the bird in the location where it was found (multiple photos from different angles are best as they will aid in species identification)
- Send the photos to email@example.com (please include date and address (can be approximate) in email)
If you encounter a bird that has collided with a window and is still alive but clearly injured, please call:
The Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island: 401-294-6363
Fall Migration Monitoring in Providence
In addition to documenting bird mortality at your home and place of work, we are interested in understanding how many birds fall victim to building collisions in the city of Providence. If you are interested in volunteering to survey sections of Providence throughout the upcoming fall migratory period, please contact the Audubon Director of Avian Research: at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to stop window collisions before they happen?
Reflected landscapes can confuse birds and cause deadly window strikes. For existing windows, use direct window treatments such as decals, tape, tempura paint, or one-way transparent film. Netting, screens or Acopian Bird Savers can also be added. For new windows, consider choosing ones with external shutters, sun shades or screens. Be sure to turn of non-essential lights and install downward-facing lighting to reduce light pollution at night, which can confuse migrating birds and lead to window collisions.
Visit the Audubon Nature Shop at asri.org/NatureShop to view our selection of window decals.