New York migratory birds endangered by lighting


This video from the USA says about itself:

This video from the USA says about itself:

Bird Watching: Spring Warblers in Central Park, New York City

During their spring migration many beautiful birds pass through Central Park. Shown are just 18 of the colorful migrating Warblers with their stunning plumage: Palm, Prairie, Yellow, Worm-eating, Magnolia, a graceful American Redstart, Hooded, Black-throated Blue, Northern Parula, Blackpoll, Bay-breasted, Ovenbird, Black-and-white, a Northern Waterthrush singing and foraging, Canada, Common Yellowthroat, a Yellow-rumped bathing and a Black-throated Green Warbler preening and drying off after a bath. Filmed April 12 – May 26, 2014 in Central Park, New York City.

This video from the USA says about itself:

28 April 2015

The state of New York is to turn off non-essential lights in state-run buildings to help birds navigate their migratory routes in spring and autumn.

Migrating birds are believed to use stars to navigate but they can be disorientated by electric lights, causing them to crash into buildings.

The phenomenon, known as “fatal light attraction”, is estimated to kill up to one billion birds a year in the US.

Millions of birds migrate through New York along the Atlantic Flyway route.

Now those passing over the city by night will stand a better chance of making it further north.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday that bright outdoor lights will be turned off between 23:00 and dawn during peak migration seasons in spring and autumn.

The state will join several well-known New York landmarks that have already signed up to the National Audubon Society‘s Lights Out programme, including the Rockefeller Centre, Chrysler Building and Time Warner Centre.

“This is a simple step to help protect these migrating birds that make their home in New York’s forests, lakes and rivers,” Mr Cuomo said in a statement.

He also announced the new “I Love NY Birding” website, which will provide information on bird watching and how to participate in the Lights Out initiative.

The National Audubon Society already works with other major cities to protect birds from strikes, including Baltimore, Chicago, and San Francisco.

Fatal light attraction appears to affect migratory songbirds such as warblers, thrushes and sparrows more than local birds, who learn where they can fly safely.

Daniel Klem, professor of ornithology and conservation biology at Muhlenberg College who pioneered the study of window strikes, told the BBC last year that the strikes were particularly worrying because the fittest members of the population were just as likely to die in this way as weaker birds.

“You may be killing some very important members of the population that would be instrumental in maintaining its health,” he said.

Writing in the New Yorker earlier this month, US novelist and bird-lover Jonathan Franzen criticised the developers of a Minnesota stadium for neglecting to use a specially patterned glass that may reduce collisions.

A new study provides the most compelling evidence yet that artificial lights cause radical changes in the behavior of birds migrating at night. Using radar data and observations during the Tribute of Light in New York City, researchers from the University of Oxford, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and New York City Audubon found densities of birds were up to 150 times higher over lower Manhattan when the tribute was illuminated. The birds dissipated when the lights were turned off. Read more here.

From the BBC, about the USA (with video there):

Why New York is to switch off lights for migrating birds

28 April 2015 Last updated at 09:07 BST

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the state of New York is to turn off non-essential lights in state-run buildings.

But rather than this being an energy saving measure – instead, it is to help migrating birds navigate routes in spring and autumn.

Ornithologists say that birds become disorientated by electric lights, causing them to crash into buildings – also known as “fatal light attraction“.

Lucas De Jong explains.

Read more here.

12 thoughts on “New York migratory birds endangered by lighting

    • Hi Sharmishtha, I have added another video, showing which beautiful birds come to New York. That buildings kill so many is scary indeed. I hope this measure will reduce bird deaths, and that other unnecessary lighting will stop as well.

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  1. Thanks for this story. I did an article now a few years ago on New York 1945, and one of my inspirations behind it was about the migrating birds of New York, and how they have seen 400 years of change. I’d hate for them to stop coming via New York on there way north or south depending on the seasons 😦

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