Annual bird mortality in North America from collisions with glass is estimated at hundreds of millions but building designers need not be complicit in this unintended consequence. A growing body of science is helping to define causes of collisions and to identify effective mitigation techniques. Simultaneously, architects are designing bird friendly buildings with a variety of creative strategies.
- Recognize hazards to birds in the built environment and understand how to remediate them.
- Identify and apply current best practices in creating bird-friendly structures.
- Integrate bird-friendly architecture with other aspects of green design.
- Understand existing and potential legislation mandating bird-friendly design.
Christine Sheppard, PhD; Director, Glass Collisions Program, American Bird Conservancy
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