Big City, Little Homestead

Living rural in the city.

Bird-killing window – Windsor Salt, Pointe Claire, QC

This happened two years ago – to me – if I found the Canada Warbler around 8:30 AM one morning, surely many more are found every day.

In Toronto this past Monday, I saw a newly constructed glass building, in the newly built West Don Lands area, that used bird-friendly glass. We need to implement this everywhere! There is a push to make it standard, but it’s only beginning, it feels like, with all the (#$%*&! non-environmental anyway!) glass buildings being constructed.

Here is a guide on bird-friendly retrofitting your windows:
https://abcbirds.org/get-involved/bird-smart-glass/

And here is a guide about what DOES NOT work:
http://safewings.ca/strategies/what-does-not-work/

American readers, you can support Audubon and the push to standardize bird-friendly building measures and standards in this action alert for the Federal Bird-Safe Buildings Act

As an aside about the West Don Lands mentioned above, the Corktown Common park was a joy to visit, especially as it has a wetland that has been well-seeded with native species so that it has reeds, duckweed, and native water fleur-de-lys, making it a wonderful habitat for birds. I saw a nesting red-wing blackbird that was feeding his young ones, more like I saw him arrive with food, heard the cacophony of chirps, and then saw him fly off to get more.

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  1. Very interesting read. Enjoying your blog. Keep it coming

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