Café Scientifique: Bird-friendly design
March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us on March 11th for a Café Scientifique on Bird-friendly design.
Bird-window collisions are estimated to kill 1 billion birds every year in North America alone. But by adopting bird-friendly design standards, we can build structures without negatively affecting light or aesthetics, and we can retrofit existing buildings — including homes — to make them safer. This event with Safe Wings Ottawa’s Willow English and Anouk Hoedeman will explain the causes of and solutions to bird-window collisions, describe the progress being made, and share some of the ways individuals can help save birds one window at a time.
Willow English is a PhD student in wildlife biology at Carleton University, working with Arctic-breeding shorebirds. She has been a volunteer at Safe Wings for two years, monitoring buildings and participating in outreach activities. She has worked internationally with birds in Hawaii, Germany, Alaska and Belize as well as in Canada.
Anouk Hoedeman is Safe Wings Ottawa’s founder and full-time bird volunteer. She’s often seen biking around downtown during spring and fall migration, rescuing injured birds, collecting dead ones, raising awareness of window collisions, and advocating for solutions.