Heidiis creating a bird safe world, one window at a time!
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Bag it, tag it, stick it in the freezer!
*If you find dead birds regularly, ask them about being added to their permits.
Tags require DATE, LOCATION, CAUSE OF DEATH (if known), and FINDER'S contact info. Collections want as much data as possible!
Woodpeckers and allies
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
* Approximately one billion birds in North America die from hitting windows each year. There are ways to prevent it that span every budget and aesthetic. That's why we're here!
Who am I?
I am a researcher and consultant on the topic of bird collision prevention. I can't 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 support (globally!) as my schedule allows, including to students, academics, the public, and consultations for architects, organizations, and industry on the side. (I'm the middle 5 minutes of this 15-min mini-documentary!)
What do I do?
Presentations, panels, provide assistance with networking, survey designs, and data templates, but I want to be able to do more (like send starter kits to new programs). Otherwise, I'm heavily involved in window collision monitoring and coordinating with multiple local Safe Passage, rehab, and conservation groups. I do occasionally address sources of bird mortality other than glass (cats, wind farms, cars, fences, power lines, etc). Patreon supporters get to peek into this process with access to
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Above: Tennesee Warblers that struck a window in southern IL.
It's not just me: I strongly suggest supporting organizations like FLAP (birdsafe.ca), the American Bird Conservancy, and local dark sky 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. New as of 2019 is 3billionbirds.org!
* Disclaimer part two!
Views expressed here are mine. I do not receive funding or commission 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 Passage, Detroit Audubon's Safe Passage program, or the Bird Center of Washtenaw, it is with permission rather than endorsement.
I do: Have state & federal permits through local academic collections.
I do not: Keep any dead birds. They go to research collections.
I do: Assist people in finding bird rehabbers (Animal Help Now!) or permitted collections.
I do not: Do rehab or rescue, accept injured birds, or accept out-of-state birds, alive or dead.
Because I promise 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. Turns out self-funding isn't easy!
Want to discuss things?
Email: [email protected]
Why not a 501(c)3?
I serve as a volunteer on 3-4 nonprofit boards at any given time, and forming a board for a one-person info-hub seems excessive. But, maybe someday? This is an odd niche and its reach is global, so there's plenty of room for growth eventually!