As birders, the news of another bird lying lifeless on a busy downtown sidewalk is unfortunately nothing new. With city centers consistently getting bigger and flashier, the risk to our feathered friends today, is at an all-time high.
The good news is, many organizations have been formed to address the situation and existing ones (such as ours) are continuing to raise awareness of the deadly nature of large commercial buildings. This issue has now been brought to the forefront and has been covered by major publications all across Canada and the United States, successfully bringing real change to the way we design our buildings.
As bird populations in many areas continue to decline, as human beings, we must be held accountable where possible for our role in said declines. As such, here are three ways many architects are designing new buildings and how many existing buildings are being retrofitted to support the effort of saving birds.