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.

Monday, 28 April 2014

Birds migrating through Toronto face tough flight

BY KEVIN CONNOR ,TORONTO SUN

FIRST POSTED: SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 2014 06:00 PM EDT

TORONTO - The Fatal Light Awareness Program geared up for this spring’s bird migration through Toronto with the hopes that fewer of their feathered friends will die flying into skyscrapers.

The charity, with a league of volunteers, has been working for more than two decades to highlight and reduce the plight of the 1 million rare birds that die in the city’s downtown every spring and fall.

The Canada warbler is on the endangered species list. 
(QMI Agency file photo)
“We are happy that things are improving. It is an exercise in patience for change to happen and there is still a lot of work to do,” said Michael Mesure, executive director of FLAP.

Last year, Ontario implemented the Environmental Protection Act which puts restrictions on how buildings can reflect light.

Mesure says developers are starting to construct bird friendly buildings.

Birds in the city can easily get disoriented as they migrate south between March and May and come back between August and October.

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