Birds and Collisions

Birds collected after colliding with buildings, Toronto 2009, by Kenneth Herdy, FLAP

Birds collected after colliding with buildings, Toronto 2009, by Kenneth Herdy, FLAP

 

Hundreds of millions of birds die each year in collisions with manmade structures, including glass windows and buildings, communication towers, and wind turbines.

 

Thanks to the generous support of the Leon Levy Foundation, American Bird Conservancy continues to be a leading force in ongoing efforts to protect birds from collisions, working with industry representatives, the federal government, and other conservation groups to find solutions to this growing problem.

 

To get an idea of the rate of mortali ty when birds collide with manmade structures in the United States alone, take a look at the following estimates:

 

Wind turbines

2013 573,000

Towers

2012

6.8 million

Power lines

2005

175 million

Glass

2014

300 million - 1 billion

 

For more information about how collisions affect birds, click on one of the specific threats below:

 

Communications Towers in Washington, DC 2005 by Mike Parr   Glass Building Reflections by Microsoft
Communication Towers   Glass and Buildings
     
Wind Farm, Sept 2005 by Mike Parr, ABC   Power lines by Microsoft
Wind Developments   Power Lines