Many Spring Migratory Birds Stunned, Injured Or Killed Each Year Colliding With Roosevelt Island Buildings - You Can Help Prevent By Making Your Windows Visible To Birds Says Wildlife Freedom Foundation President
Roosevelt Island resident Rossana Ceruzzi is the founder and President of the Wildlife Freedom Foundation Inc. (WFF):
...a non profit organization (501(c)(3) formed for the purpose of protecting and conserving wildlife and caring for stray animal populations in NYC.Ms. Ceruzzi reports:
The National Geographic shows efforts to stop migrating birds from crashing into building windows.Image From Wildlife Freedom Foundation
SPRING MIGRATION IS HERE (March 15TH --- Early June)
Each migration season, twice a year, nearly one-third of the bird species found in the United States, from 30 Warblers species to raptors, die by colliding with building. Roosevelt Island is not immune from this problem.
Every year on Roosevelt Island, dozens and dozens of birds are either stunned, seriously injured or killed by these collisions.
MAKE YOUR WINDOWS VISIBLE TO BIRDS!!
Glass windows are the greatest threat to migratory birds.
It is vital that we do what we can to minimize/eliminate these dangers whenever possible. Birds collide with every size of glass window, door and lobby. Reflective glass windows present deceptive images of trees, water etc. that a bird may fly towards.
PLEASE DRAW BLINDS AND CURTAINS. IT SAVES LIVES.
MOVE INDOOR PLANTS AWAY from windows and clear glass lobbies. (This will not work if there are strong reflections of the landscape in the window.) REMEMBER — leave no uncovered area of glass that is larger than the palm of your hand. Birds will try to fly through any space larger than this!
Use easy DECALS, TAPE, MARKERS, or whatever other type of markings on the windows. You can also hang wind chimes, CDs or other decorative items inside/outside the windows. You can use strips of paper garlands, ribbons and anything that makes your window glass visible to the birds.
If you don’t have any of the above items, use a simple BAR SOAP to draw streaks (after spring migration, you just wash it out.)
Most of the smaller birds species migrate at night, using the moon, the stars and natural landmarks to navigate.
They are dangerously attracted to the lights left on in office and/or apartment buildings. Please TURN OFF unnecessary interior lights during spring migration season.
Important - SHOULD YOU SEE A BABY BIRD ON THE GROUND, DO NOT PICK IT UP!
Stand back 20 feet and if possible monitor it without approaching to see if parents are feeding it. In general, parents are aware that the baby has fallen, and they are taking care of it. If parents do not appear in one hour, gently place the baby bird in a box with air holes and immediately contact WFF at: 1-855-WFF-NYNY (933-6969) or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are deeply grateful for any Donation you can make to help our efforts.
Last October, Ms Ceruzzi nursed back to health an injured Kestrel Bird and released it back into the wild.
Check out more about the Wildlife Freedom Foundation at its website.