Heidi is creating a bird safe world, one window at a time!
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To all of the people who have reached out for help to make the world a safer place for birds, thank you! Let me know how I can be of further assistance!

I can help you stop birds from hitting windows.
I can help you properly document and get a dead bird to an academic collection.

Who am I?
One human who absolutely cannot get over the fact that birds hit windows everywhere and we can do something tangible to fix it. Since 2003, I have been providing as much free support as my schedule allows to the public, including students, academics, and consultations for architects and organizations on the side.

Presentations, panels, assistance with data and spreadsheet templates are the tip of the iceberg, but I want to be able to do more (like send starter kits to new programs that don't have any funding). While I do address sources of bird mortality other than glass (cats, wind farms, cars, fences, power lines, etc), I would most likely refer people to other resources on those topics. 

I do: Have state & federal permits through local academic collections.
I do not: Keep any dead birds. They all go to academic collections.

I do: Assist people in finding nearby bird rehabbers or permitted collections.
I do not: Do wildlife rehab, accept injured birds, or accept out-of-state birds.

Why Patreon?
Because I promise only a warm fuzzy feeling in return for your contribution. Amazon wish lists can help with zip loc bags and brown paper bags, but the bulk of the costs come from color copies, time and travel. Speaking gigs and training sessions cut into paid work time as well; we all know and have felt the financial pinch, I am hoping to ease these costs.

Why not a 501(c)3?
I serve on three nonprofit boards, and forming a board for a one-person info-hub seems excessive. For now. Maybe someday! This is an odd niche and its reach is global, so there's plenty of room for growth eventually!

Disclaimer part one!
It's not just me: I strongly suggest supporting organizations like FLAP (now birdsafe.ca), the American Bird Conservancy, and local collision monitoring programs. Without the founding work of Dr. Daniel Klem Jr, and fantastic books like 101 Ways to Help Birds by Laura Erickson, this field of research would be several decades behind.

Disclaimer part two!
All views expressed are mine alone. Content is shared with permission. I do not receive funding from any organization, nor represent/endorse any products relevant to collision prevention: I enjoy being able to critique them freely. While my content may show up through Washtenaw Safe PassageDetroit Audubon's Safe Passage program, or the American Birding Association it is with permission rather than endorsement on either part.


Above: Tennesee Warblers that struck a window in southern IL.
Both were donated to the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Have questions/feedback? 
[email protected]
Twitter @justsavebirds

Prefer to donate through PayPal instead? Use this link: paypal.me/justsavebirds
Tiers
Bag it!
$1 or more per month
Donating $1/mo provides approximately 160 thrush-sized freezer bags, or enough medium bags for 12 kits in the span of one year.
Tag it!
$2.50 or more per month
Did you know that $2.50/mo covers the cost of 300 tags in a year? That's enough for about 15 kits.


Tags require DATE, LOCATION, CAUSE OF DEATH (if known), and FINDER'S contact info. Collections want as much data as possible!

Stick it in the freezer!
$5 or more per month
 $5/mo helps offset overhead costs, like keeping the freezer cold.
Woodpeckers and allies
$7.50 or more per month

You wouldn't expect woodpeckers to hit windows frequently, but they're 7-9% of the window strikes detected at low rise buildings in the Midwest. That's including flickers and sapsuckers. If you throw in Red-breasted and White-breasted Nuthatches, the numbers almost double!

Hummingbirds are #1
$10 or more per month
 ...in diurnal glass collisions at low-rise non-residential structures, based on IL and MI studies. Attracting them increases their risk of collision: feed responsibly! Use 2x2 inch spacing (standard Feather Friendly pattern) to best prevent hummingbird strikes.  
Non-migratory birds = 15% of collisions
$15 or more per month

Non-migratory birds (resident species; chickadees, cardinals, some woodpeckers) make up roughly 15% of the birds that strike low-rise buildings. 

Turdidae; the thrushes
$20 or more per month

Roughly 20% of the migratory species that hit low rise buildings are thrushes (in the Midwest). More than half of those are Swainson's Thrushes, followed closely by American Robins, with the remainder being Hermit, Wood, and occasionally Gray-cheeked Thrushes. 

Average number of birds killed annually at low-rises
$25 or more per month
This donation level is just in here for stats: skyscapers average 27 birds/year (location, location, location), but non-residential low-rises kill 21-24. 
Got nets?
$35 or more per month

It's not cheap to order high quality nets for catching survivors! $35 covers shipping and handling of one net. 

Educate!
$50 or more per month
$50 offsets travel and material costs for one standalone in-region presentation/meeting: including printing and distribution of materials from FLAP, ABC, and similar projects/organizations.
74.5% are migratory species
$74.50 or more per month

Based on the latest season of Michigan data, 74.5% of detected window collisions are by migratory species, federally protected, and largely in decline. Mostly warblers, too. 


This amount offsets one therapy session, but I cover those out of pocket. <3

Booth me!
$100 or more per month
Help me help you help birds: one of my goals is to purchase booth space at at least one festival every year, starting with birding festivals. I'd love to expand to Earth Day and/or home & garden events as well, to get the word out the audiences beyond *just* birders. But starting with getting accurate information to birders will be a huge step!
Sponsor!
$500 or more per month

Let's talk! Your logo will go on the acknowledgement slide and handouts, or we can discuss equivalent signal boosting/alternatives.

Goals
15 of 50 patrons
When I hit 50 patrons, I'll draw one of the names for a phone/skype/email window consultation - snail mail samples included!
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To all of the people who have reached out for help to make the world a safer place for birds, thank you! Let me know how I can be of further assistance!

I can help you stop birds from hitting windows.
I can help you properly document and get a dead bird to an academic collection.

Who am I?
One human who absolutely cannot get over the fact that birds hit windows everywhere and we can do something tangible to fix it. Since 2003, I have been providing as much free support as my schedule allows to the public, including students, academics, and consultations for architects and organizations on the side.

Presentations, panels, assistance with data and spreadsheet templates are the tip of the iceberg, but I want to be able to do more (like send starter kits to new programs that don't have any funding). While I do address sources of bird mortality other than glass (cats, wind farms, cars, fences, power lines, etc), I would most likely refer people to other resources on those topics. 

I do: Have state & federal permits through local academic collections.
I do not: Keep any dead birds. They all go to academic collections.

I do: Assist people in finding nearby bird rehabbers or permitted collections.
I do not: Do wildlife rehab, accept injured birds, or accept out-of-state birds.

Why Patreon?
Because I promise only a warm fuzzy feeling in return for your contribution. Amazon wish lists can help with zip loc bags and brown paper bags, but the bulk of the costs come from color copies, time and travel. Speaking gigs and training sessions cut into paid work time as well; we all know and have felt the financial pinch, I am hoping to ease these costs.

Why not a 501(c)3?
I serve on three nonprofit boards, and forming a board for a one-person info-hub seems excessive. For now. Maybe someday! This is an odd niche and its reach is global, so there's plenty of room for growth eventually!

Disclaimer part one!
It's not just me: I strongly suggest supporting organizations like FLAP (now birdsafe.ca), the American Bird Conservancy, and local collision monitoring programs. Without the founding work of Dr. Daniel Klem Jr, and fantastic books like 101 Ways to Help Birds by Laura Erickson, this field of research would be several decades behind.

Disclaimer part two!
All views expressed are mine alone. Content is shared with permission. I do not receive funding from any organization, nor represent/endorse any products relevant to collision prevention: I enjoy being able to critique them freely. While my content may show up through Washtenaw Safe PassageDetroit Audubon's Safe Passage program, or the American Birding Association it is with permission rather than endorsement on either part.


Above: Tennesee Warblers that struck a window in southern IL.
Both were donated to the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Have questions/feedback? 
[email protected]
Twitter @justsavebirds

Prefer to donate through PayPal instead? Use this link: paypal.me/justsavebirds

Recent posts by Heidi

Tiers
Bag it!
$1 or more per month
Donating $1/mo provides approximately 160 thrush-sized freezer bags, or enough medium bags for 12 kits in the span of one year.
Tag it!
$2.50 or more per month
Did you know that $2.50/mo covers the cost of 300 tags in a year? That's enough for about 15 kits.


Tags require DATE, LOCATION, CAUSE OF DEATH (if known), and FINDER'S contact info. Collections want as much data as possible!

Stick it in the freezer!
$5 or more per month
 $5/mo helps offset overhead costs, like keeping the freezer cold.
Woodpeckers and allies
$7.50 or more per month

You wouldn't expect woodpeckers to hit windows frequently, but they're 7-9% of the window strikes detected at low rise buildings in the Midwest. That's including flickers and sapsuckers. If you throw in Red-breasted and White-breasted Nuthatches, the numbers almost double!

Hummingbirds are #1
$10 or more per month
 ...in diurnal glass collisions at low-rise non-residential structures, based on IL and MI studies. Attracting them increases their risk of collision: feed responsibly! Use 2x2 inch spacing (standard Feather Friendly pattern) to best prevent hummingbird strikes.  
Non-migratory birds = 15% of collisions
$15 or more per month

Non-migratory birds (resident species; chickadees, cardinals, some woodpeckers) make up roughly 15% of the birds that strike low-rise buildings. 

Turdidae; the thrushes
$20 or more per month

Roughly 20% of the migratory species that hit low rise buildings are thrushes (in the Midwest). More than half of those are Swainson's Thrushes, followed closely by American Robins, with the remainder being Hermit, Wood, and occasionally Gray-cheeked Thrushes. 

Average number of birds killed annually at low-rises
$25 or more per month
This donation level is just in here for stats: skyscapers average 27 birds/year (location, location, location), but non-residential low-rises kill 21-24. 
Got nets?
$35 or more per month

It's not cheap to order high quality nets for catching survivors! $35 covers shipping and handling of one net. 

Educate!
$50 or more per month
$50 offsets travel and material costs for one standalone in-region presentation/meeting: including printing and distribution of materials from FLAP, ABC, and similar projects/organizations.
74.5% are migratory species
$74.50 or more per month

Based on the latest season of Michigan data, 74.5% of detected window collisions are by migratory species, federally protected, and largely in decline. Mostly warblers, too. 


This amount offsets one therapy session, but I cover those out of pocket. <3

Booth me!
$100 or more per month
Help me help you help birds: one of my goals is to purchase booth space at at least one festival every year, starting with birding festivals. I'd love to expand to Earth Day and/or home & garden events as well, to get the word out the audiences beyond *just* birders. But starting with getting accurate information to birders will be a huge step!
Sponsor!
$500 or more per month

Let's talk! Your logo will go on the acknowledgement slide and handouts, or we can discuss equivalent signal boosting/alternatives.