These nine dead migrant songbirds were found under a
Milwaukee County Courthouse skywalk.
songbirds migrate at night and are attracted to
tall, brightly-lit buildings, especially during
rainy, foggy weather. Birds then collide with
lighted windows or are attracted to and confused
by other building lights. They may fly around
the lighted buildings to the point of exhaustion;
falling to the streets and sidewalks below where
they are consumed by scavengers or collide with
reflective windows during the daytime.
just during migration, but in all seasons many
birds die in daytime window collisions. They see
the landscape reflected in lower-level windows
of homes and businesses and mistakenly think they
can fly into this reflected landscape.
songbird species are already declining due to
habitat destruction both here and on their wintering
grounds, global warming, pollution and improper
use of pesticides. We need to do all that we can
to make sure migrating birds have safe passage
through our community.
here to learn more about the Wisconsin
Humane Society's WIngs program.
here to learn which bird species are at
here to view WIngs season statistics collected
through the program.
here to learn about Milwaukee's tallest
is our goal to help save the lives of migrating
birds. With your help we can bring life-saving
changes to Wisconsin.
Learn more about how you
can help here.
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