Help Birds During Fall Migration

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How can you be a Bird-Saver during fall migration?

It still feels like summer to us, but some birds are already heading South.

Each autumn, millions of birds pass over New York City — and many — maybe 100,000 — are stopped dead by NYC buildings. This year, the Wild Bird Fund is joining the efforts led by New York City Audubon to protect migrating birds.

Take Action Today!

  • At Night Between September 1 and November 15: turn off unnecessary indoor and outdoor lights and close your shades;

  • Be aware of:

    • Nights when radar predicts heavy migration by checking the Local Bird Migration Alert page of the BirdCast website;

    • When stormy weather is coming;

    • On nights of heavy migration or stormy weather, be extra careful about turning off lights and ask friends, family and co-workers to do likewise;

  • Make Glass Visible to Birds!

    • Treat clear or reflective glass windows and railings with stickers or other solutions using the 2” x 4” or, even better, the 2” x 2” rule (see the Glass Collisions page of the American Bird Conservancy website) to warn birds to avoid daytime collisions;

  • Keep an eye out for injured birds at the base of buildings:

    • If they are alive, bring them to the Wild Bird Fund or your nearest federally-licensed wildlife rehabilitation center (preferably in a paper bag);

    • Report injured or deceased birds on dBird.org to make an important contribution to ongoing bird mortality research;

  • Educate Yourself and Others!

  • Want to Be More Active?

    • If you live or work in a building near a large body of water, a park or some other greenspace (e.g., in NYC, near the Hudson, East River, harbor, Central Park, etc.), and want to play a more active role in helping migrating birds (or if you just want more information) contact Wild Bird Fund at birdsaver@wildbirdfund.org; AND,

    • Be an advocate for bird-friendly policies and regulations — follow Wild Bird Fund and NYC Audubon for updates on advocacy opportunities.

A golden-crowned kinglet, blackburnian warbler and Canada warbler received treatment at WBF after colliding with windows.