Bird/window collisions are the cause of billions of tragic avian deaths each year. They are horrible to see and harm the environment. They also cost high-rise buildings here in Dallas and across the globe millions of dollars each year in damages. As it were, stopping these collisions benefits both parties–buildings and birds. But once you know these collisions need be prevented–the next question becomes–how? Read more on this below.
US Fish and Wildlife Services Best Practices For Reducing Bird Collisions on Windows
Good: Installing Architectural Features to Reduce Bird Window Strikes
One way to help stop bird-window collisions is to have building designers use features such as overhangs, shutters, louvers, mesh, and awnings on the architecture of buildings. This reduces glass reflections and makes windows more apparent. These types of designs also reduce a bird’s visibility of things behind glass–stopping them from accidentally trying to fly through the window. However, this option is very expensive and not great for an existing building–it is best utilized for building new construction.
Better: Controlling Lighting to Avoid Bird Collisions
Eliminating or reducing unnecessary lighting is an easy way to cut down on bird strikes with high rise windows. Another benefit of this method is that it also lowers energy costs for building owners. But, the efficacy of this approach depends on how compliant every office or tenant in the building is to these protocols. Another drawback is–you can’t do anything about sunlight causing reflections during the day, so it is only very effective and less so during the day.
Best: Fritted Window Film for Stopping Bird Collision into Windows
One of the best solutions for reducing and possibly even eliminating bird collisions are specialty window films. These films use a type of pattern called fritted work best. This means a small dotted gridlike pattern is embedded in it. This pattern is spaced based on scientific studies. These studies have shown that birds will not try to fly through this type of pattern because they see it as a solid object– rather than open sky. It is also an extremely cost-effective option and one that is nearly invisible to the human eye at a distance. What is really convenient about these films is that they can be easily retrofitted to any window.
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