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Letter: Turn off lights to assist birds

By Don Rose, Vancouver
Published: April 23, 2022, 6:00am

This week is a period of medium-to-high bird migration intensity. Hundreds of thousands of birds will be passing overhead during the nighttime hours while you and I sleep. Birds migrate at night in order to avoid predators, maximize their daylight hours for foraging food and use the stars for navigation.

Bright city lights lure these nighttime migrants into urban areas and confuse them by obscuring the stars that they rely on to navigate. Once trapped in the windowed maze of the city, birds may hit buildings directly or circle buildings until they collapse from exhaustion.

Please take the time to reduce exterior lighting around your home and business. Large buildings in the downtown area should turn off the lights in unoccupied spaces. These simple tasks can save the lives of thousands of birds.

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