Galveston Building Causes Bird Massacre

Galveston, Texas stands on the Gulf of Mexico and sits on the path of a number of bird migrations. 395 of those birds were killed Wednesday night striking a single building in the city's downtown.

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May 10, 2017, 12:00 PM PDT

By Casey Brazeal @northandclark


Stay safe, little warbler. | Pheobus / Shutterstock

According to an article by Dana Guthrie, 398 birds struck the American National Building in downtown Galveston, Texas on a recent night. Of those birds, only three survived. The majority of the birds killed were warblers, which migrate this time of year, Guthrie reports for the Houston Chronicle.

Guthrie spoke to Sarah Flournoy, the communities program manager for Houston Audubon, who said that these numbers of bird strikes are unusually high and that simple strategies can prevent the deaths of these birds who are one of the town's key tourist attractions. "Flournoy said the easiest and most effective thing people can do to stop bird-building collisions is to turn building lights off at night, especially during fall and spring migrations," Guthrie reports.

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