What do you think kills the most birds in North America? You might guess outdoor cats, windmills, or power lines, but the biggest killers of birds in the North America are windows. The American Bird Conservatory (ABC) estimates that 300 million to One Billion birds are killed in North America every year by window strikes. The vast numbers of birds being killed is not sustainable, and is especially a threat to endangered migratory species. Fortunately, American Solar Tinting provides window tinting and graphic films that can help reduce the number of bird strikes. To learn more, read below.
The main problem with windows are the transparent and reflective qualities of the glass, birds don’t perceive them as humans do. Human eyes are better at detecting the difference between glass and empty space (though we still do still run into glass sometimes). This is because birds see into the UV spectrum, and UV radiation can pass through most windows. When birds see clear glass they think they can fly through it and this results in them striking the glass. When glass is reflective, it often reflects sky, clouds, or trees that birds think they can fly into, right up until they collide with it. Birds are fragile and fly at high speeds, so any collision can cause them serious damage. On top of colliding with the glass, which can stun or kill the bird outright, is the fall from wherever they struck the glass to the ground, which can be a long way in the case of sky scrapers. The increased use of full glass fronting in buildings, particularly clear or reflective glass, in recent years has led to a dramatic increase in the number of bird deaths from window strikes.
Why This Is Important
The vast number of bird deaths caused by window strikes every year is a tragedy that is difficult to comprehend. Birds are not only beautiful creatures that many appreciate and admire, but are also essential to maintaining the ecological balance of North America.
The hobby of bird watching or birding is one of the most popular outdoor activities in North America, beating out day hiking in a survey by the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Forest Service about favorite outdoor activities. Birding teaches appreciation of nature, patience, and keeps you physically active. And it’s been growing in popularity across all demographics. With serious damage to bird populations this popular hobby that unites people from different walks of life could suffer.
More important then the fun, relaxation, and inspiration birds provide us with is their importance to the balance of our environment. Birds help keep insect populations down, without birds insects like mosquitoes, moths, and locusts would do serious damage. Birds are also essential for spreading seeds and pollinating some plants. With reduced bird populations some species of plant life would also suffer. Without birds, the ecosystem of North America may fall apart. Fortunately, American Solar Tinting Inc. has products that can help reduce bird strikes at your home or business.
To reduce the number of window strikes by birds the solution is to make them more visible to birds. American Solar Tinting Inc. provides UV absorbing and reflective window tinting that will not only allow birds to see your windows, but can also help you save on your energy bill. In addition to window tinting, graphic film on windows can reduce bird strikes by making the windows more visible to birds. American Solar Tinting Inc. offers logo graphics and decorative film that you can use at your home or at your business to cover your windows and not only decorate them, but make them more visible to birds.
Window Tinting or Graphic Film Applied to Your Windows Can Help Save Birds
Since 1958, American Solar Tinting has helped over 46,000 customers – both commercial and residential – throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. We specialize in custom commercial and residential window tinting.
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