Prevent Bird Collisions with Hamline University's Anderson Center

Prevent Bird Collisions with Hamline University's Anderson Center

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Aysha Horn started this petition to Hamline University Administration

My first year at Hamline I went to an event on the balcony on the third floor of Anderson Center. It was there I noticed the bodies of several birds scattered across the balcony. I later noticed more of these bodies near the large glass windows that cover the majority of the exterior of the building. I knew instantly that these birds were most likely killed by colliding with the large windows that often spanned 3 stories without a single break. These are what makes Anderson so striking, but they also makes the building extremely dangerous to both local and migratory bird populations.

It is estimated that anywhere from hundreds of millions, to 1 billion of birds are killed each year in the U.S. because of collisions with windows. Birds collide with windows for many different reasons, although it is usually due to how clear the windows are, or the fact that they often reflect a mirror image of the outside. This causes the birds great confusion as they attempt to fly through the barrier at high speeds, either to get to safety, or because they do not realize there is anything there at all. 

Luckily there is a simple solution to this issue, and one that I hope we can convince Hamline University to apply to this building. Anti-collision stickers, coatings, and nettings. There are multiple options that the University can take in order to make one of the largest buildings on campus more safe for our flying friends. By applying stickers, tape, or even a UV coating to the windows birds would be warned that there is a barrier in front of them, that they can not fly through. Most of these solutions are cost friendly, and many of them would still allow Anderson Center to maintain its striking appearance. 

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