Philadelphia dims its skyline following a mass collisions that killed thousands of birds

·1 min read

Philadelphia is becoming the city of birdly love.

Over 100 million birds pass through Philadelphia during their migration periods, but thousands of them died making the journey due to collisions with the Philadelphia skyline that left scores of dead birds all over the downtown area.

Now the city and a volunteer initiative is seeking to stop the madness.

“Bird Safe Philly” is hoping to save the lives of the migrating birds by asking for the tallest buildings of Philadelphia to dim the lights as to not distract the influx of birds as they make their journey.

According to Robert Peck, a senior fellow at the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel university, birds migrate by following light via the sun, moon, and stars. Buildings, however, not so much.

During the spring and autumn seasons when weather conditions force birds to flow at lower altitudes, the lights of a bustling downtown proves fatal for them.

“Suddenly they have all these lights coming at them from different directions. It’s overwhelming,” Peck said to CNN. “They get turned around and they will fly into buildings and walls.”

As part of the volunteer effort, participating buildings will turn off any unnecessary lights between 12:01 a.m and 6 a.m. Most of the dimming will be concentrated in the highest floors.

“It’s a tough trip for the birds either way so the last thing they need to do is encounter brightly lit buildings,” said Peck.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting