Urban Ecology Research Project Could Benefit Birds

urbanecologi[2Florida International University (FIU) is participating in a bird-window collision study that spans Central Mexico to Alaska. According to FIU professor John Whitney, best estimates indicate between 300 million and one billion birds in North America die each year as a result of collisions with building windows. Students are collecting data on bird mortality associated with these collisions, providing species names and the cardinal direction of the fatal impacts. This information will help scientists understand the risk factors for these collisions with the intent to reduce mortality by creating bird-friendly design options for new buildings and treatments for existing ones.

Research that explores the impacts of urbanization on wildlife continues to shape how the needs of humans may be balanced with the needs of other species. These studies lead scientists to continue to address the question of how humans and nature can coexist more successfully.

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