Comprehensive Local ActionsOBJECTIVE: Identify and document specific sites and districts that are in predictable migratory and resident bird collision areas. Promote bird-friendly policies and activities in those areas. Raise awareness of the bird collision issue.
Support voluntary efforts to conduct district-wide, daily surveys that are based on peer-reviewed scientific protocols for injured and dead birds resulting from building collisions:
Conduct surveys in major business or residential districts near waterfronts, parks and other habitats that are attractive to birds.
Encourage local conservation groups to compile data on the mortality rate and injury rate of bird collisions.
Instruct volunteer monitors in methods of temporarily caring for injured birds before transporting them to certified wildlife rehabilitators.
Donate dead specimens to authorized bird conservation organizations or museums to aid in species identification and to benefit scientific study, as per the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.
Produce educational materials on bird-safe practices for public officials, building owners and operators, and the general public.
Advocate for appropriate, cost-effective building or site changes at bird collision 'hot spots'.
Develop district wide Lights-Out Programs:
+ Educates public on bird-safe practices.
+ Improves bird safety on a district wide or city-wide scale.
+ Encourages local market forces to facilitate industry change.
+ Complements local green building initiatives.
+ Reduces light pollution and results in energy savings.
- Requires systematic data on bird-collisions and mortality to achieve effectiveness.
- Depends on real estate industry acceptance and initiative.
- May require implementation of effective policy measures (incentives or regulatory) to help overcome general resistance to change, based on perceived cost increases.
Sustainable Sites (SS) Credit 5.1: Site Development: Protect or Restore Habitat.
Sustainable Sites (SS) Credit 5.2: Site Development: Maximize Open Space.
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