Growing up in a small town, I remember when my family would drive to big cities to shop or visit family. Compared with the sky’s darkness around my country home, the city skylines were vibrant and dazzling. I remember thinking that the city lights would help all of the birds flying overhead, making it possible for them to see the buildings and avoid crashing into them. Boy, was I wrong!
But as I talk to more and more folks about Audubon Minnesota and the work we do, I see a real need for all of us to rethink our skylines and the role they can play in helping birds safely migrate through our urban areas. The reality is that, across the country, our urban areas kill and injure hundreds of millions of migrating birds each year. Fortunately, there is a really simple, effective solution.
Turning out unnecessary lights can reduce bird mortality from collisions by over 80 percent. That’s why Audubon Minnesota launched “Lights Out” in 2007. Sixty-three buildings around Minnesota turn off their lights during the spring and fall migration seasons. With your support, we can double that number and create a “Lights Out Zone” that stretches all the way to the Wisconsin border.
This spring, many of the more than 250 bird species that fly through Minnesota will travel thousands of miles from their winter homes. Join us in helping birds through the final leg of their extraordinary journey! Your donation to Audubon Minnesota remains in Minnesota to support local conservation efforts.
Lights Off, Fly On!