For years the thousands of birds killed by smashing into glass buildings in the GTA have made headlines around the world. But what you might not know is that almost 40 per cent of the birds that collide with these buildings survive, says Michael Mesure, executive director of the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP), a Toronto-based non-profit.
FLAP volunteers patrol the streets of downtown Toronto’s financial district twice a day, looking for dead or injured migratory birds. The injured birds are transported carefully in brown paper bags to the Toronto Wildlife Centre for treatment.
The centre is no stranger to seriously injured birds — they cared for nearly 700 of them in the last year alone.