There has been a high rise in the death of birds in recent years, and the majority of these deaths are a result of mid-air collisions. We have always only made jokes about birds and their inability to see through glass, but it’s a serious problem. Now that we have this knowledge, how have you been able to reduce bird deaths to the barest minimum?
It is recorded that 1 in every 8 birds dies from a window collision, and this number just keeps on increasing by the year. Studies have been carried out in towns and in cities regarding this issue, but this study did not include statistics on stadiums and skyscrapers, which can be really huge!
Most of these structures have large glass windows, and birds can easily crash into some of these when flying at full speed.
A different study was conducted about birds during their migration seasons on 21 buildings, which include stadiums and skyscrapers. And it was discovered that not only does the size of the building affect the mortality of birds, other factors like the glass, the lighting, and some other factors actually influence collision fatalities.
Now, it looks like we have been talking about birds and buildings, but another major cause of bird mortality is a car windshield collision. If you haven’t seen a bird collide with a big truck before in real life, you may have seen it in a movie. Well, unfortunately, it’s real.
These situations get worse when the birds are flying in groups during migration. Many birds can be lost.
You may wonder how anything can be done about this, but if proper research is done, they could be a better way of structuring our buildings or using glass shields or windows so that the birds can easily avoid them. Since the lesser the collision, the lesser the number of bird deaths.
The question now becomes are glass high-rises responsible for the death toll?
From everything that has been written below, it is obvious that the more tall buildings with glasses that we have the more bird deaths that we will continue to experience. A simple answer to the above question is yes. Glass high-rise buildings are mostly responsible for bird deaths.
But can we stop using glass for our buildings just because we’re trying to reduce bird deaths? We obviously can’t do that, so we are calling on bird lovers, scientists, and expert construction workers to look into this issue and try to find a solution.
Almost 1,000 tall buildings are erected in the United States every year, and if the numbers keep on increasing and all these buildings have glass windows, then we can only hope that the solution comes quickly. The fate of migratory birds will greatly depend on this.