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Decal Windows Protect Birds

I heard from a friend that every year millions of birds die because of our buildings. Not just because we cut the trees and build on top, but because we use excessive glass panes on our buildings and skyscrapers. Birds can’t recognize that its a glass and they ram into them head on and die. The plain polished glass pane may look like a decorated piece of magnificent architecture. But for the birds, its like flying straight into the jaws of death.

Today I bumped into an article in Lifehacker, that could actually be a lifesaver for these poor birds. Birds can see reflected UV light. So either put a UV decal (sticker) on your windows or go for a UV film insulation in all those exposed glass panes. UV insulation will also save energy and Decals add a decorative edge to the panes. It’s a win-live situation for us and the birds.

Read more here

5 responses

  1. Thanks for bringing this up. Not sure of the extent of damage. However, why not even if it can save a few. While on the subject, we leave some food and water on our balcony for the birds, every day. Many people do that, at the gate, balcony, roof or where convenient. A good practice that more of us can take up.

    February 28, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    • the extent of damage is quite alarming. Over a million birds in US alone, every year is a rough estimate.

      February 28, 2011 at 4:43 PM

  2. just out of curiosity, where did you get this ‘over a million birds in US alone’ estimate?

    February 28, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    • Check the link at the end of the post, dude

      February 28, 2011 at 6:06 PM

  3. I did… i couldn’t find the ‘one million birds’ reference… hence asked… also some of the links in that website are broken/do not load properly.

    February 28, 2011 at 6:15 PM

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