Bird-building collisions are more common than you think. It is estimated that anywhere from 300 million to one billion birds collide with glass surfaces in the U.S. each year, and most incidents are fatal. Behind this phenomenon is the popularity of glass in modern architecture; because birds don’t know what glass is, they may think they are flying into reflections or think that the glass is not there at all. Join us to discuss this growing conservation issue, with a focus on research conducted locally, and what innovative design materials can do to prevent collisions.
Keith Russell is the Program Manager for Urban Conservation for Audubon Pennsylvania. Based in Philadelphia, he works on a variety of bird conservation issues including bird collisions with man-made structures, birds and nocturnal lights, non-native plants, and migration stopover habitat. He is also a research associate of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and he has received a number of awards including the 2016 American Birding Association’s Ludlow Griscom Award for Outstanding Contributions to Regional Ornithology.