Tackling an issue as widespread as glass collisions requires collective action. One of the most effective actions is passage of ordinances requiring that new construction include bird-friendly strategies. In the United States, many municipalities have already adopted bird-friendly standards. If your community has yet to do so, check out our legislative toolkit to get started.
Creating your own bird-friendly building guidelines? Let ABC save you some time! Our downloadable model ordinance defines the relevant terms you will need and is the perfect way to start making a difference in your community.
Birds don't understand the concept of glass as an invisible barrier that can also be a mirror. They take what they see literally: Glass appears to be habitat they can fly into, whether that habitat is reflected or visible through glass.
We have broken down the critical aspects of collisions legislation to help you design an effective ordinance for your community — and you can save time by using ABC's model ordinance as your starting point.
Hoping to pass a bird-friendly design ordinance in your community, or to evaluate an existing proposal? Check out our tips for understanding, proposing, and passing bird-friendly legislation.
ABC's collisions experts, Christine Sheppard, Ph.D., and Bryan Lenz, Ph.D., answer 14 of the most frequently asked questions about bird strikes.
New York City Local Law 15 stipulates that most glass on new structures must have a Threat Factor of 25 or less to meet bird-friendly design requirements starting January 1, 2021.