Countless birds across the United States and around the world die every year from crashing into windows. This happens so often because windows reflect the sky and surrounding vegetation, which makes it appealing for birds to fly towards. Even if a bird manages to fly away after hitting a window, they often die later due to internal bleeding. Birds are an important part of the earth’s ecosystem, and it is important that we protect our local bird species. Luckily, there are things you can do at home to make sure that birds do not fly into your windows.
Aaron Umen is a tennis player, coach, and dedicated volunteer for the Food Recovery Network and World Bird Sanctuary. Having worked closely with endangered birds, he shares his tips for bird-proofing your windows.
- Identify windows that birds often fly into. If you have ever found a deceased bird under a window outside or heard a bird fly into a particular window, you may onto need to bird-proof those windows.
- Mosquito screens on the outside of windows are an effective as long as they cover the entire window.
- You can also use decals to cover the window. Make sure to space any markings or decals closely together.
- Use tempera paint or soap to create a pattern on the window.
- You can also purchase bird saver curtains to hang on the outside of your windows for easy installation and an aesthetic appearance.