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Lights Out for Birds

Each night and each light turned out helps save migrating birds!

Most North American migratory birds fly at night, and lights on buildings can disorient birds on their paths, resulting in fatal collisions. The Upper Texas Coast plays a key role on the Central Flyway, an important migratory path for birds. Birds that move along and across the Gulf of Mexico depend on safe passage through the Houston-Galveston area. Throughout migration, and particularly during storm fronts, turning Lights Out for Birds can make a big difference.

We encourage businesses, buildings, and individuals across the state to turn off all nonessential lights from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. throughout spring and fall migration. 

Spring Migration: March 15 - June 15, peak from April 19 - May 7

Fall Migration: Peak from September 5 - October 29

You can also follow Houston Audubon on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to see Lights Out Action Alerts for our region. 


The following organizations have pledged to turn their lights out for birds!

City of Houston 910 Louisiana Lyric Tower
City of Galveston Amegy Tower Offices at Park Ten Phase I
1100 Louisiana American National Insurance Company Offices at Park Ten Phase II
1415 Louisiana Chase Center One, Two, and Three Allen Center
1600 Smith Chase Tower Total Plaza
2 Houston Center Discovery Green Towers at Westchase I
4 Houston Center/The Shops Energy Transfer Building Towers at Westchase II
609 Main Fulbright Tower West Memorial Place I
717 Texas Heritage Plaza West Memorial Place II
811 Louisiana KBR Tower Williams Tower
811 Main LyondellBasell Tower

 

Get your organization involved in the Lights Out for Birds program! Email avallery@houstonaudubon.org for more information or to make a pledge.


Timeline

Houston Audubon’s Lights Out for Birds Program started in 2017 after a large collision event in Galveston. Thanks to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Colorado State University’s BirdCast bird migration forecast maps, Houston Audubon staff were able to track migration predictions for the region and issue alerts to the community when a chance of high migration coincided with weather events. Learn about the history of the Lights Out program.

Resources

Learn more ways to help migratory birds on our Bird Friendly Houston website. 

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