Is your home safe for birds?
Do birds ever crash into your windows? Prevent bird collisions and save lives with WindowAlert window clings! Purchase one or more packages of WindowAlerts at windowalert.com and get an additional package free! You must mention the special code, WIHUMANE, for this special offer. The WindowAlert company will also donate $1 back to WHS!
Click here to see Wildlife Manager Scott Diehl
explain the WindowAlert application
Baltimore Oriole on the right was injured
when he saw the landscape reflected in
the glass and tried to fly into it. Fortunately,
the homeowner found the bird and brought
him to the WHS' Wildlife Rehabilitation
Center for help. But most birds aren't
do birds hit windows? The
two most common causes of daytime window
see landscapes in window reflections.
- If a bird
can see through to the outside through
two aligned windows in your home, they
confuse them for a tunnel and will attempt
to fly through to get to the other side.
Collisions like the Baltimore Oriole's
can be reduced or even eliminated by any
one of the following:
- To avoid
a bird's ability to look through one
window and see the outside through another
window, simply close the blinds or curtains
on one of the windows.
window clings or tape. You can purchase
Windows (pictured at right) or UV-Reflective, WindowAlerts from
our online wildlife store, Wally's
Workbench. In some cases, to be
fully effective clings may have to be
placed as close as 4-6" apart.
- Hang brightly
colored fluttering ribbons in front
of windows. Irritape holographic mylar
tape is sold through Wally's
Workbench or at the Wisconsin Humane Society.
Alternately, tie unwanted compact disks
(CDs) on string in front of the window
so that they turn in the wind.
- One of
the most effective ways to reduce bird
window collisions is to install Bird
Screens or other fine-mesh plastic
netting in front of windows (especially
during periods of peak migration). Leave
a few inches between the glass and the
netting to allow birds to collide softly
with the mesh instead of hitting the
Screens are avaiable through Wally's
Workbench at the Shelter or online.
View effective installations of Bird
Screens by clicking
to the outside of windows. CollidEscape
is an easy-to-apply film that greatly
reduces the reflections on the outside
of windows. CollidEscape is available
online and at select retailers. View effective installations of CollidEscape
bird feeders very close (within three
feet) or at least ten yards away from
window awnings to reduce window reflections.
Wally's Workbench and the
Urban Ecology Center in Riverside Park,
(located at 1500 East Park Place in Milwaukee,) have these and other preventative
techniques on display.
Join us in saving countless wild birds from death caused by window collisions. Make your home a Bird Safe Home! Registration is fast and free. Click on the WIngs logo to the right to get started! Click here to see a list of Bird Safe Homes.