The purpose of this site is to (1) protect birds from deadly window collisions and (2) promoting safe years so that native plants can benefit wildlife. The site has had over 4,000 visits.
All the information on the site has been reviewed by experts, such as Dr. Daniel Klem and Dr. Martin Rossler. The material has been prepared by a retired attorney who has led bird window collision prevention and native plant promotion efforts in his community for four years. He set up his sunroom as a display room where neighbors can come by and choose the system they want. He has also installed both the commercial and DIY versions of all the scientifically sound systems. Broad information on the scope and science of bird window collisions can be found at the American Bird Conservancy or the Acopian Center for Ornithology.
Table of Contents
- Bird Protection Resources
- Bird-Safe Building Resource Center
- Video “Window Strike Prevention: It Worked for Us”
- “A Consumer Guide to Bird Window Collision Prevention”
- Video: “How to Choose and Bird Window Collision Prevention System”
- “Window Alert: Bad for Birds”
- “Quick Tips” for Choosing A Window Collision Prevention System
- “8 Tools to Promote Bird Window Collision Prevention.”
- “Install Window Strike Prevention” in 30 Minutes
- Making Native Plants Work for Wildlife
Bird Protection Resources
Bird-Safe Building Resource Center
Bird-Safe Building Resource Center This section provides information about the very favorable economics of bird window collision prevention in the commercial and residential sector. It is designed to assist state and agencies as they write building codes requiring bird-safe glass in new construction. The residential material also assesses the economics of replacement windows. It can also be used by local organizations working to convince new building owners to install bird safe.
Video “Window Strike Prevention: It Worked for Us”
“Window Strike Prevention: It Worked for Us.” In this video five of my neighbors describe their experiences with collision prevention systems. It is entitled https://ornithologycenter.com/sdm_downloads/neighbors/ It is the most effective promotional tool we have developed. It has had over 4,000 views. It is also on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKuUQv9TUfc (There is also a version of the testimonial video that does not include monofilament lines at https://ornithologycenter.com/resources/. ) It is also on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKuUQv9TUfc
“A Consumer Guide to Bird Window Collision Prevention”
“A Consumer Guide to Bird Window Collision Prevention” is the most comprehensive guide to residential bird window collision prevention options. https://ornithologycenter.com/protectbirds/ . Dr. Daniel Klem has called this an ”impressive resource.” It uses photos to compare a clear window, a window with collision prevention installed and a screened window. It also compares the cost and effectiveness of the systems. It includes detailed DIY directions for all the systems. The guide is posted on many club sites and you can be linked to or downloaded at https://ornithologycenter.com/consumerguide/ At the end of the Guide is a sample newsletter article.
Video: “How to Choose and Bird Window Collision Prevention System“
How to Choose and Bird Window Collision Prevention System This video is a summary of the “Consumer Guide.” The video is excellent for club meetings. It can be directly downloaded at https://birdfriendlyyards.net/protectbirds/#howtochoosevideo You can combine it with an overview video on the huge number of window collision deaths and the basic science behind bird window collision prevention by Dr. Daniel Klem or Christine Sheppard of the American Bird Conservancy. It is on YouTube at https://youtu.be/HqtGueKoCcc
“Window Alert: Bad for Birds”
“Window Alert: Bad for Birds” explains why consumers should not buy a WindowAlert type decal product. This was reviewed by Dr. Martin Rossler of the University of Vienna. He praised it as very clear, correct and important.” Dr. Rossler is the leading expert on bird window collisions in Europe. Educating consumers about the ineffectiveness of Window Alert is very important because about 50% of consumers who finally decide to prevent window collisions purchase this dangerous product. https://ornithologycenter.com/sdm_downloads/windowalertbadforbirds/
“Quick Tips” for Choosing A Window Collision Prevention System
“Quick Tips” give the reader advice on what system to use based on what he is most interested in – cost, effect on vision, or effectiveness. As it is posted, it includes the one page “Quick Tips” and the “Consumer Guide” in one document. Thus the user who cares about “X” can link to the material in the Consumer Guide where is talks about “X”. https://ornithologycenter.com/sdm_downloads/quick-tips-how-to-prevent-bird-window-collisions/
“8 Tools to Promote Bird Window Collision Prevention.”
“8 Tools to Promote Bird Window Collision Prevention.” These tools were developed over 4 years of promoting window collision prevention in my club and neighborhood. These techniques work. It will also help local leaders like yourself by providing the tools mentioned in the “7 tools…” For instance, I have made displays for clubs and fabricated sample packs. https://ornithologycenter.com/protectbirds/#8toolsforclubs/
“Install Window Strike Prevention” in 30 Minutes
“Install Window Strike Prevention” is a video that shows a simple quick way to install a system that meet the 4” by 2” standard – do an entire sunroom in 30 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5jf28Xwob0&t=56s
Making Native Plants Work for Wildlife
Ecological Trap Must Be Avoided
Statement of Dr’s Tallamy and Klem warning that yards with native plants can be “ecological traps” if the wildlife they attract is not protected against bird window collisions and by protecting insects from security lights.
Only Bird-Safe Yard Benefits Wildlife
Explanation Of Why Only Safe Yards Make Wildlife Benefits Of Native Plants Possible.
Spreadsheet Showing No Net Gain of Birds in Unsafe Yard
This spreadsheet shows in detail why there is likely to be non net gain of birds if window collision prevention is not in place.
Key Blogger “Make Yard Safe Before Improving Habitat.
Laura Erickson Blog “What to Do BEFORE Improving backyard habitat: Stop Window Collisions.”
Why Native Plants for Birds Require a Different Strategy
Why Native Plants for Birds Require a Different Strategy.
Free native Plant Landscape Plans for Southeast Tract Home Lot
Four free native plant landscaping plans for small tract home lots using readily available native plants, designed by Clemson Extension.
Dangerous Yard Not Bird Friendly
A Dangerous Yard Not Bird Friendly This analysis which shows that unless we start by making our yards bird safe (controlling cats and preventing bird window collisions) our efforts to increase bird populations in yards with native plants will not succeed. This analysis is endorsed by both Dr. Doug Tallamy (the nation’s leader in native plant advocacy) and Dr. Daniel Klem, the nation’s leading expert on bird window collisions.
Other blogs include:
The “Fable of Ten White Kittens.”
The “Fable of Ten White Kittens.” It makes the point that we should care for our backyard birds as well as we take care of our pets.
Poster Show Residences Much Bigger than Skyscrapers
A poster is a quiz which makes the point that home window collisions are a huge problem, in fact far bigger than skyscrapers.
Leading Ornithologist Letter to Bluebird Leaders
Leading ornithologist Dr. Daniel Klem urges the bluebird society leaders to protect the birds they love from window collisions.