The primary aim of making buildings bird-safe is to protect birds from a leading cause of death, but there are numerous other benefits to embracing bird-safe architecture.
Birds are protected by various provincial and federal laws in Canada. Building owners that even unintentionally permit the harm or death of birds through window-collisions at their buildings face legal risks. A bird-safe building, whether designed that way or retrofitted to be bird-safe, will help protect building owners from potential legal prosecution.
The adoption of bird-safe building standards also acts as a clear indication of a commitment to sustainability and green building practices. An increasing number of professionals are recognizing that a building is not truly ‘green’ or ‘sustainable’ until it is bird-safe.
There are certification opportunities for bird-safe buildings, such as LEED and BOMA BEST. Initiatives like Nature Canada’s Bird Friendly Cities program also recognize cities that have made admirable contributions to bird conservation in their areas.