Hundreds of birds migrating through New York City have died after crashing into the windows of the city’s skyscrapers. The mass event was highlighted by tweets from a New York City volunteer Audubon showing the World Trade Center area littered with bird carcasses. Volunteer Melissa Breyer says finding nearly 300 birds on the sidewalks was “shocking”.
This week’s avian death toll was particularly high, but bird strikes in Manhattan skyscrapers are a persistent problem. Kaitlyn Parkins of New York Audubon says bad weather Monday night through Tuesday contributed to the deaths. “We’ve had a big storm and this becomes a perfect combination that can lead to collisions between birds and windows,” Parkins said. It appears that the storm may have brought the birds lower than they otherwise would have been or simply disoriented them. The effects of night light on birds are also quite strong, especially when it is a cloudy night. ‘
“As soon as I got to the buildings, the birds were everywhere on the sidewalk – says the volunteer Melissa Breyer who tweeted the photo -. Looking north, overcast, south, overcast, west, overcast, the sidewalks were literally covered with birds ».
NYC Audubon calls for owners of World Trade Center towers and other buildings to help reduce the number of bird strikes by dimming night lights and treating the glass to make it more visible to birds. and recognize that it’s a solid barrier that they can’t cross, ”Parkins said.
Jordan Barowitz, spokesperson for the Durst Organization, co-developer of One World Trade Center, said in an email: “The first 200 feet of One WTC are enclosed in non-reflective glass fins. This design was chosen because it greatly reduces bird crashes that occur mainly below that height and are often caused by reflective glass. ‘
Some birds survived: around 77 birds were brought into the Wild Bird Fund’s rehabilitation facility on the Upper West Side. Thirty of them recovered and were released Wednesday in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, McMahon said.
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