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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

Bird Strikes on Buildings

Bird strikes on building glass are the greatest killer of birds in the United States. Ironically, the increased use of glass on green buildings has increased bird mortality. Current research estimates that up to a billion bird deaths per year in the United States are the result of building collisions. Birds cannot see glass and fly toward reflections of clouds, sky and vegetation, and then collide with glass. Building lighting poses another threat, confusing night flying migrants, particularly when reduced visibility forces birds to fly low. The consideration of bird strikes on the campus buildings began during the design of the Liberal Arts Building. The final building design incorporates a ceramic coating embedded into the glass in strategic areas to minimize bird strikes. In addition, lighting controls to lessen light spill at night have been incorporated in the design. The extensive research of the American Bird Conservancy as well as detailed modeling of the design will be discussed.

Presenter: Paul Tankel (Staff)
Location: 101 Edwards
Time: 2:45 pm (Session IV)
Please note that presentation times are approximate. If you are interested in attending sessions with multiple presentations, please be in the room at the start of the session.