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Bird Collisions

We all have windows in our houses, apartments, offices and on balconies so we can enjoy the view and let light into our homes. Sadly, glass can pose a danger to wildlife.

Have you ever seen a bird crash into a window and fall to the ground, then wondered why? It’s because birds can’t see glass; they only see the reflection of foliage and sky and they’re tricked into thinking they can fly through and it’s one of the leading causes of bird deaths.

What happens when a bird hits a window? Sadly, they often die on impact. Sometimes they are stunned and cats catch them. Others fly away, but not all will survive as they may have internal injuries and die later.

Researchers say that bird collisions estimate that more than one billion birds die annually in North America alone. That’s a lot of birds. Imagine how many it must be if we add Australia and the rest of the world? So we need to think of ways to make our homes more bird-friendly. There are some simple and effective solutions and the good news is that some companies are also working hard on designs to try to solve the problem.

So what can you do? Go outside and look at your house as if you were a bird. If you see trees and sky, then birds will see that too. There are manufacturers now making glass embedded with UV reflective filaments that create patterns. As humans, we can’t see them, but birds can. Other companies make special tape or other deterrents that can be stuck to the window. One of these, www.conveniencegroup.com sells 3M Feather Friendly tape. I’ve tried this and found it works wonderfully. The small silver squares do not impede the view. They’re easy to apply and come with clear instructions. Other great websites to check out are:

https://www.collidescape.org/
https://abcbirds.org – fantastic website for information, especially interesting is the article about bird-friendly coffee! Who would have thought?
https://www.birdsavers.com you can even make your own if you only have one or two windows that are a problem

Other ideas: Parents can install removable screens or motorised shades use advocate for better legislation. Migrating birds often fly thousands of kilometres, so let’s make sure they arrive safely and get to rear their young so they can all return next season.

DID YOU KNOW?
What do you call a baby echidna?
A puggle!

Echidnas are mammals. Like platypuses, echidnas are monotremes meaning, they lay eggs and they are the only mammals in the world that do this. A female lays a single egg and she incubates it for around eleven days before the puggle hatches and moves into her pouch to develop.

Echidnas are widespread throughout Australia, including Tasmania. They have spines and a quick tongue to catch ants.


Did you know that a newborn baby quoll is the size of a grain of rice and is called a pup. Out of the eighteen pups born, only six will survive more than two weeks because the mother only has six teats to feed them milk.


Whose Footprints are These?

Tasmanian Devil
Platypus
Wombat
Possum
Echidna
Quoll
Potoroo

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