BIRD SAFE INITIATIVE
The Bird Safe Initiative, in association with BirdSafe.ca, helps to bring awareness to the issue of bird building strikes while promoting the idea and reporting these strikes to the database on BirdSafe.ca. It helps to encourage the public to find ways to mitigate this issue. Collisions with glass comprises one of the top three human-caused sources of bird deaths in North America, where it is estimated that 1 billion birds a year die from collisions with buildings.
Nature Regina holds BirdSafe events twice a year, one during Spring migration and the other during Fall migration. The purpose of our events is to bring awareness to the issue of bird – building collisions and to encourage citizens to focus on their problem windows. Everyone can help mitigate the issue of window collisions and in addition log any bird strikes to a national database on bird collisions called The Global Bird Collision Mapper (GBCM). Information on ways to mitigate your window collisions can be found at BirdSafe.ca and logging collision data can easily be done by clicking the ‘report a collision’ tab on the same website. The information gathered from this citizen science initiative will be used in the future to help make both the residential and commercial areas of our city more bird friendly.
If you do find an injured bird that has struck your window it is best to leave the bird alone as long as it is safe. If you feel the bird is in danger or injured, put the bird in a small box and leave it undisturbed in a shaded place near where you found it. Check on the bird hourly until it flies away or if the injuries are more serious report the bird to SaltHaven West at (639) 999-4957.
FeatherFriendly® Window Tape
Nature Regina offers Feather Friendly® Window Tape that is easily installed on problem windows to deter bird strikes. Feather Friendly® is recognized, approved and endorsed by both the American Bird Conservancy and FLAP.
In the future Nature Regina hopes to offer a bird collision hotline for members of the community. In the meantime, citizens can access the information provided at www.birdsafe.ca.