Today is Bird Impact Reduction Day. It is important to bring attention to this now as the birds are very active. Our friends at the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC are tending to a steady influx of birds from window strikes (over 500 in 2016). They range from temporary shock to broken wings and keels (breast bones).
From Bird Studies Canada’s site, here it what to do if you find a bird that had impacted a window and is stunned or injured:
- Gently place the bird in a paper bag or small cardboard box with air holes
- Roll clean tissues or paper towels into a donut shape and place around the bird
- Never feed the bird or give it water
- Place in a quiet, dark, secure area
- After an hour, take the box or bag to an area away from other buildings and windows, and release the bird
- If the bird is unable to fly off or if there are visible signs of injury, contact Wildlife Rescue Association of BC at 5216 Glencarin Drive, Burnaby, (604) 526-7275.
* Although handling birds poses very little risk to human health, wearing gloves is recommended.
To see what you can do around your home. there are many techniques available, from window treatments to the placement of feeders, that you can use to reduce the potential for bird collisions at your home, Click below for the latest brochure to make your Home Safe for Birds.