Audubon Society of Kalamazoo Monthly Program: One Bilion Birds: The Glass Collision Problems and Some Solutions

March 26, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
People's Church
1758 10th St N
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Philip Micklin

Join ASK member Gail Walter for the March presentation of ASK’s program season as she discusses, “One Billion Birds: The Glass Collision Problems (and some Solutions).” Collisions with glass claim the lives of a billion birds a year in the United States alone. It is second only to domestic cats as a source of mortality linked directly to humans. Birds that have successfully flown thousands of miles on migration can die in seconds on a pane of glass. Glass is as dangerous for strong, healthy breeding birds as it is for sick, weak, or young birds. It is an indiscriminate killer with a serious impact on bird populations. Advances in technology have made it possible to construct tall buildings with all-glass walls, homes with huge windows, and miles of transparent noise-barriers on highways. Because of this, there has been an increase in the amount of glass used in construction and, subsequently, an increased impact on birds. This presentation will discuss why glass is such a problem for birds, differences in vision between birds and humans, identify the best practices and options in preventing bird collisions, inform about legislation at the Federal, State, and local levels regarding bird-friendly building standards, and offer resources for further information about bird-friendly building design.

Gail is a mostly retired clinical pathologist with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from MSU who consults primarily for the pharmaceutical, chemical, and biotechnology industries. Gail is a former board member and President of the Audubon Society of Kalamazoo, a current board member of the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy, and is a member of Wild Ones and Michigan Botanical Club. She is the coordinator for the Peregrine Falcon Cam in downtown Kalamazoo and serves as the liaison between the peregrines and the building owners and tenants, the media, the DNR, and the public. Gail and her husband, Tom Nehil, are active hikers, cross country skiers, birders, and canoers.

You are invited to join us to meet and hear Gail on March 26, 2018, at the People’s Church, 1758 North 10th Street, Kalamazoo. Our program starts at 7:30 PM and is preceded by a social time with light refreshments at 7:00 PM. Guests and the general public are encouraged to attend. Handicap parking and access is at either the front or rear entrance of the building. Please remember to bring your own coffee mug to reduce dishwashing.