As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Bird deaths lead hotel to action

Markham’s corporate citizens have started doing their part to prevent unnecessary bird deaths, resulting from highly reflective windows.

This year, Markham Hilton Suites Hotel Conference Centre and Spa installed bird-friendly film on the windows in its tranquility garden.

According to the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP), a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing bird collisions, bird collisions with windows is one of the leading causes of bird deaths.

Birds cannot detect a window pane, especially if the window reflects a natural surrounding.

Instead, many birds try to fly through the window, resulting in injury and often death.

The hotel’s tranquility garden — the site of wedding ceremonies and other special events — includes several trees, which reflect off the glass panes.

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