Global bird rescue

Sixty-six thousand, nine hundred and twenty-three (66,923).

That is the number of birds entered in the Global Bird Collisions Mapper, all victims of window collisions.

Since mid-August, eight-hundred and nineteen (819) of these birds have been documented in the Greater Toronto Area by the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) Canada.

The recent mass bird deaths documented in New York City are a prime example of why this leading cause of bird death has become a global concern — but these deaths are preventable, and the solutions are simple.

Global Bird Rescue, a week long event that ended October 3rd, is an international collaboration with a common goal: saving birds from window collisions.

“FLAP Canada, in partnership with Nature Canada, and working with teams in Canada, the United States, China, Costa Rica, Nepal, Panama, Germany, Uzbekistan, and Palestine, as well as members of the public, will take to the streets to rescue and document any bird that has collided with a building into the Global Bird Collision Mapper,” said Michael Mesure, Executive Director of FLAP Canada. “This data will not only help demonstrate the gravity and expanse of this issue, but it will also help government agencies and industry professionals better address this preventable problem.

FLAP Canada’s mission is to safeguard migratory birds in the built environment through education, policy development, research, rescue and rehabilitation.

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