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Bird Strikes

Law School Launches Efforts to Address Bird Strikes on Campus

little birdLewis & Clark Law School and the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund have launched an effort to address an important and overlooked wildlife issue: Bird Strikes.

Birds often fly into reflective glass, unaware that it is a solid barrier, leaving millions of birds injured or dead each year in the United States. After becoming aware that bird strikes are a frequent problem on the law school campus, SALDF began discussing possible solutions with the David Kelly, Assistant Dean of Administrative Affairs.

Before any action can be taken, however, it is important to determine the scope of the problem and to determine where bird strikes occur most often. PLEASE HELP us gather this information by emailing the following information about bird strikes at Lewis & Clark to birdsave@lclark.edu:

Your Name

Date & Time of Strike

Location of Strike (please be as specific as possible)

Description of Bird

Other Information

Read our press release

Oregonian Runs Column about Bird Strikes and Cites L&C Project

For more information about bird strikes, visit:

NPR Story — January 3, 2006

Portland Audubon Society

Fatal Light Awareness Program

Birds & Buildings Forum

CNN.com Story

NYC to dim skyscrapers

Chicago to dim skyscrapers

Efforts at Swarthmore College

Scripps article

TV tower kills 400 birds in one night

Fast Facts about Bird Strikes

  • At least 100 million birds die from striking windows in the U.S. each year.
  • Some estimate it could be as high as 1 billion.
  • For comparison, the U.S. bird population is about 20 billion birds in the fall.
  • People are increasingly recognizing this as an environmental problem.
  • Both Chicago and NYC have decided to turn out the lights in their skyscrapers to avoid nighttime strikes