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Lights Out for Birds

Help Us Reduce Bird Collisions!

Lights Out for Birds is a voluntary effort to reduce unnecessary lighting in our region during evening hours. The program saves money, conserves energy, and improves the well-being of the hundreds of bird species that migrate through our area every spring and fall. Lights Out for Birds is also part of a broader campaign, furthered with the support of the American Bird Conservancy, to reduce unnecessary lighting throughout the United States and Canada. Houston is joining Chicago, Toronto, New York, and other cities in leading the campaign to prevent bird mortality while conserving energy and saving money.

The goal of Houston Audubon is to increase participation in the Lights Out program both in our area and nationally. Small steps can make a significant impact. You can help by asking at work whether your employer is aware of the program - this is an opportunity for businesses to save money. Suggest that your employer contact the building manager to join the program. Mention the program to friends and colleagues, and reduce lighting in your own homes.

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Additional Tips

  • Encourage office colleagues to keep their blinds down when working at night.
  • Make choices for the daytime, too. Choose less reflective glass, use deterrent adhesives, and place indoor plants away from windows where birds may mistake them for habitat.
  • Identify passionate volunteers who may want to encourage the community and share interest about birds and other wildlife.
  • Must have lights? Design lighting to focus down to the ground or use small lights on the ground that do not aim skyward.
  • Assess bird strikes if they do happen. Submit findings to Fatal Light Awareness Program (see below).
  • Recognize that turning lights out saves energy in addition to helping birds.

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