American Birding Podcast



Is bird tape the solution for window kills?

According to the American Bird Conservancy, the number of suspected window-killed birds in North America lies somewhere between 500,000 and 1,000,000,000 annually.  That's a pretty broad range, but it illustrates 1) just how difficult it is to accurately determine the full impact window strikes have on bird populations and 2) how far a simple solution would go towards influencing bird populations in a positive way. 

The ABC claims the solution is in tape, specifically strips or squares of tape affixed to windows in residential homes so that flying birds are able to avoid them.  More about this initiative can be found here, and a video illustrating how the tape should be arranged for the best results.

Whether or not this initiative gains any traction remains to be seen, but clearly, by making these windows more visible flying birds are apt to avoid them.  Walking that fine line between what's obviously best for the birds and the aesthetic of the homeowners seems, as ever, to be the biggest issue. 

Has anyone out there found a solution for bird strikes that works? Adhesives? Highlighters?  Boarded up windows?  Let us know in the comments.