In the United States alone, nearly 1 billion birds die each year from collisions with glass. Unlike us, birds don’t see glass as a solid object. Instead, reflections appear as part of their environment.
Glass on any building can be lethal, but nearly half of these window strikes involve residential homes. Whether you live in a house or an apartment, there are ways to make your windows bird-safe.
You can start by moving houseplants, bird feeders and bird baths away from windows. Next, there are all sorts of unobtrusive decals or films that can be applied to window surfaces so that birds will avoid them. Some folks even find creative ways to use stencils, netting or screens.
So, if you’ve ever heard the sickening thud of a bird hitting a window, take heart. There are ways to save lives and put your mind at ease.