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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.

  1. 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)
  2. Submit your photos and information using this form – OR send the photos to (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

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 during the upcoming migratory period, please contact the Audubon Director of Avian Research: at


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 to view our selection of window decals.