Migratory Birds

Aerial Philadelphia cityscape by night with the City Hall tower in the foreground and Ben Franklin bridge spanning Delaware river in the back

Philadelphia ‘Lights Out Pledge’ Seeks To Prevent Bird Deaths

Migratory birds are often lured away from their normal paths by the bright lights of cities, with deadly results.

March 19, 2023 - Next City

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

'Lights Out Philly' Initiative Will Save Birds From Building Collisions

More than 15 years of advocacy, and one particularly galvanizing bird kill event, have created the momentum necessary for widespread adoption of the Lights Out Philly initiative.

April 14, 2021 - FastCompany

City Bird

New York Largest U.S. City to Require Bird-Friendly Building Materials

The New York City Council approved Proposed Initiative 1482B by an overwhelming margin, ensuring bird-friendly design and construction practices in the largest U.S. city.

December 17, 2019 - The Architect's Newspaper

Minneapolis, Minnesota

U.S. Bank Stadium: Home to Super Bowl LII and a Death Trap for Migratory Birds

This isn't a joke about the Philadelphia Eagles. This story is about the deadly consequences of planning and architecture decisions.

February 4, 2018 - USA Today

Seattle the Newest 'Urban Bird Treaty City'

A gap in the "Pacific Flyway" has been filled, after the city of Seattle has agreed to protect the migratory routes of birds.

May 15, 2017 - KUOW

Bird

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.

May 10, 2017 - The Houston Chronicle

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