FACT: With over 220,000 bird deaths due to telecommunication towers, it is a top ten killer of birds in Canada.1 Aviation warning lights on the towers disrupt the birds’ celestial navigation and draw them into the light. The birds then become entrapped and circle endlessly, colliding with each other and the tower, or eventually dropping to the ground from exhaustion.
We are often asked about how to keep birds safe from telecommunication towers. We rely on partner expertise to address this issue.
PARTNER EXPERTISE: American Bird Conservancy
New guidelines put in place in 2016 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for communication tower lights spell out how tower operators can save birds and energy without sacrificing safety. By extinguishing the non-flashing lights on towers, night-time bird fatality rates can decline by as much as 70 percent, according to American Bird Conservancy (ABC). American Bird Conservancy is dedicated to conserving birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With an emphasis on achieving results and working in partnership with organizations like FLAP Canada, ABC takes on solutions to problems facing birds today.
1Environment Canada study. Click to read the full paper, published in Avian Conservation and Ecology, 2013.