Save Birds From the Danger of Your Windows

Posted January 2, 2020 by Vindi Sekhon

The windows in our homes are a huge danger to our neighborhood birds. In the fall, birds are migrating south to find warmer climates. As they are navigating our yards they can fly into windows because the foliage and sky are reflecting, making it look as though the animal can fly through. This deceptive illusion often leads to the bird crashing into the window which can result in serious injuries and sometimes death.

During the day, birds may experience a reflection or to see right through the window to the other side. Many bird species are most active at night and can become disorientated by lights shining from windows, often fly toward the light and crash into windows

Tips to Help Stop Birds from Hitting Windows

  • Observe social distancing for wildlife! 4 to 6 meters is better. Use binoculars for watching.
  • Plant native flowers, trees, and bushes in your yard. This gives local birds food, shelter, and a place to raise families. You get to watch and learn!
  • Keep your yard free from anything that could potentially harm wildlife and prevent them from building nests in areas they should avoid.
  • Good areas to look and tidy are BBQs, eavestrough, tree wells.
  • Before trimming or cutting any trees, look to see if there are wild families.
  • Birds are protected by law so we HAVE to leave them alone until the birds are gone.
  • Remember to check for nests in hitches or standing dead trees before removal – they are prime nesting spots for many species of animals.

Helping an injured bird

If you see a bird that has hit a window, check to see if it is laying on the ground or sitting up. If it is sitting up, simply watch to see how it does. Birds often recover on their own from a lite hit. If the bird is laying down, cover it with a colander or gently place the bird in a paper bag or small box with ventilation holes. Be sure that the bag or box is securely closed. Place the contained bird in a WARM, DARK, QUIET place away from pets, children, and noise. Handle the bird as little as possible and give our Support Centre a call at 604-526-7275 for further guidance.








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