Birds can’t see glass so many fly right into our windows resulting in injury and sometimes death. A new product, from the experts at the American Bird Conservancy (ABC), has been developed from research on these window strikes that is translucent (birds can see it but light comes through), not expensive ($10.95 to $14.95 per roll), easy to use, easily removed, re-usable and can last up to 4 years!
“ABC has tested a number of different materials and patterns for their ability to deter birds from colliding with glass. The results prompted ABC to produce and make available under its own name, a new consumer product to help
concerned people prevent this significant source of bird mortality,” said ABC President George Fenwick.
The ABC Bird Tape can be applied either in long strips or in pattern of 3″ squares, and American Bird Conservancy provides suggested patterns as well as detailed application instructions for both methods that will maximize protection.
Always good to know, the ABC Bird Tape is made in the United States and the packaging is from recycled paper.
How big of a problem are bird window strikes? The Cornell Lab of Ornithology states that estimates of mortality from windows, both in homes and large buildings is “up to 100 million every year with migration being the time of largest number of collisions. The American Bird Conservancy says that many people are not aware that birds have collided with their windows: “They may have flown away injured to die elsewhere, or been eaten by a cat, raccoon, fox, or dog before you found them. Your house may kill a dozen or more birds each year without you knowing.”
Here is a short video that starts with some colorful birds that are at risk of collision with windows then the instructions on how to apply the ABC Bird Tape.
Think your windows are too small for a bird to try to go through it? ABC says that smaller birds will try to fly through 4inch spaces–think about when they fly through trees and shrubs, they have to maneuver through small openings. Here is an astonishing video that the American Bird Conservancy folks put up on their website to demonstrate how even larger birds go through small spaces. It is produce by the British Broadcasting Company, the BBC, that puts out some astonishing nature videos.
You will enjoy this video even if all your windows and door glass have screens or grills with less than 4 inch spaces and don’t need to use the tape. They are using a Northern Goshawk which is in the same family, accipiters, as Sharp-shinned and Cooper’s Hawks. Northern Goshawks are about 5 inches longer and it’s wing span is 10 inches long than that of a Cooper’s Hawk.