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What can you do to help keep birds safe?
Windows are everywhere: in our houses, cottages, condos, apartments and even balconies.
For spring and fall migrating birds, glass can be deadly.
Make all windows visible to birds. Provide birds with visual cues or markers alerting them to the presence of glass. Below are the FLAP Canada standards for visual markers:
- MARKER DENSITY AND COVERAGE
Separate visual markers by spaces no more than 10 cm (4 inches) apart vertically or 5 cm (2 inches) horizontally that cover the entire window. To keep smaller birds, such as hummingbirds, creepers and kinglets safe, windows should not have reflective openings larger than 5 x 5 cm (2 X 2 inches).
- MARKER SURFACE
Apply visual markers to exterior surface (first surface) of glass to disrupt the illusion of a safe, natural environment reflected in the glass.
- MARKER CONTRAST
Make markers stand out in contrast to transparent or reflective exterior surfaces, such as windows or marble walls, and under varying weather conditions.
- MARKER SIZE
A visual marker should be no less than .32 cm (1/8 inch).
To learn more, visit flap.org/residential.