This Saturday, October 8, is World Migratory Bird Day. Officially, World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated on the second Saturday in May and October to recognize both the northward and southward migrations. Today, we’re taking a closer look at migration, some of our local species, and a few things you can do to help keep our high-flying friends safe. First, check out this classic episode of Curious By Nature to learn more about why birds migrate and the best birdwatching spots in the city! Then, keep reading for additional resources, upcoming events, and more!
Many thanks to U.S. Forest Service – International Programs for providing support for this blog and other Nature Museum programming.
Learn how you can prevent bird collisions
The Lights Out program was created to help protect birds during migration season and encourages building owners to dim or turn off building lights at night. You can help birds safely navigate their way through the city by turning off your lights to reduce light pollution (which can help prevent birds window collisions). Learn about all of these topics, and our institution’s history studying bird window collisions, by clicking the button below. Don’t forget, if you spot an injured bird, you can report it to the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors!
Many thanks to U.S. Forest Service – International Programs for providing support for our specimen preparation work with window-kill birds and other programming.
Get some birdwatching tips!
Want to learn more about birdwatching? Geoff Williamson, from the Chicago Ornithological Society, joined Marjorie for this episode of Curious By Nature to share some of his top beginning birdwatching tips!
Create your own window clings!
Did you know that clustered window clings can be used to help prevent window strikes? Click the button below to download our handout that describes how you can make your own window clings at home!