FLAP Canada: Safer Conditions for Bird Migration Season

Spring Bird Migration begins mid-March and continues until June. City of Toronto and many buildings in the Financial District are spreading awareness about how to create safer environments as part of the Lights Out Toronto campaign.

To combat migratory bird deaths, the campaign promotes the following ways to create a safer migratory environment.

FLAP – Fatal Light Awareness Program

The Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) is the first organization in the world to address the issue of birds in collisions with buildings. FLAP is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors, and sustained by the tremendous efforts of approximately 100 dedicated volunteers.

Many species of birds migrate at night. Guided in part by the constellations, they are attracted to the bright lights left on overnight in urban areas, causing them to collide with buildings. During the day, windows deceive migratory birds. They cannot see the pane of glass. Instead, the birds focus on the reflection of trees or sky, or see through the glass to a potted plant inside the building. The result is often a fatal collision.

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Draw your blinds

Clear glass is a major hazard to birds as they can’t detect whether they’re looking at sky or trees, according to the City of Toronto’s Bird Friendly Guidelines.

Turn off any unnecessary lights and use task lighting when working late

Office lights can be turned off to avoid the appearance of a brightly lit space that birds may fly into.

Use a desk lamp if possible to focus light away from windows.

Report a fallen bird

Instructions about how to confine, examine and report an injured bird are found at Lights Out Toronto.

Toronto Wildlife Centre’s Wildlife Hotline is available seven days a week at 416-631-0662.

The City of Toronto launched Lights Out Toronto in 2006. For more information about Bird Friendly Guidelines from the City of Toronto, visit the Lights Out Program.