Birds and light
Light pollution is a major factor in causing bird deaths from collisions. Reducing light pollution reduces bird deaths while also saving energy and money, reducing greenhouse gases, and improving human health. Lights Out programs exist in many cities in the United States and Canada, and there are also some statewide programs. These efforts encourage buildings to pledge to turn lights off at night during spring and fall migration. Initiating more Lights Out programs is an effective conservation strategy and is available to assist in development of new programs – contact Chris Sheppard, CSheppard@abcbirds.org
Lights Out Legislation
State of Minnesota Lights Out Legislation
Minnesota Bird-safe Buildings: Between March 15 and May 31 and between August 15 and October 31 each year, occupants of state-owned or state-leased buildings must attempt to reduce dangers posed to migrating birds by turning off building lights between midnight and dawn
Other light reduction programs exist, focused on reducing lighting costs or preserving the night sky. Information on these programs can be found at International Dark Skies Association andhttp://selene-ny.org/.