UM biology professor Ben Winger finds that artificial light at night (ALAN) disorients migrating birds, causing more fatal collisions with buildings. See UM press release and video: news.umich.edu/fatal-chirps-nocturnal-flight-calls-increase-building-collisions-among-migrating-birds
Dr. T.K. Lawless County Park in southwest Michigan has been designated an International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association! Together with Headlands, our state now has two IDA Dark Sky Parks and six state-designated dark sky reserves.
Detroit is positioned to adopt a new sign ordinance that would blanket the city with out-of-control digital signs and billboards. It will permit new electronic and video signage in almost every corner of the city, flooding the skies with light. Learn more and register your disapproval via Scenic Michigan’s campaign.
Aug 21, 2:00pm EDT webinar on “Bird Safe Portland: Developing a Bird-friendly Buildings and Dark Sky Campaign” will describe data collection, developing a Resource Guide, and legislative advocacy to integrate Bird Safe measures into Portland’s Green Building Policy and zoning code. It will also discuss tactics, best practices, resources, collaborations and key stakeholders in their urban hazard reduction campaign. Sponsored by US Fish & Wildlife Service. Register at This URL.
The Zoological Lighting Institute will host a session on Artificial Light at Night (ALAN) at the American Institute of Architecture’s (AIA) annual convention in New York in June. There will be several topics discussed to place the issue of biodiversity-loss mitigation to the center of architectural sustainability, including bird collisions. This is a great step forward in transforming priorities in architectural sustainability.
In Feb 2017, the Baltimore Ravens came out with an upgrade design to add static pillars of white light to give a “civic gesture” to the stadium. Lights Out Baltimore, a group that monitors bird collisions, reached out to address how light pollution is a threat to birds. After three meetings, with the assistance of USFWS, the American Bird Conservancy, NYC Audubon, Audubon Maryland-DC, Cornell, and the MD Bird Conservation Partnership, the Ravens agreed on March 12, 2018 to remove the lights from the final design, instead of shutting them off at midnight (their first concession). This is in line with Cleveland’s work with the Browns and their findings on light pollution, which resulted in the Browns taking a proactive approach to bird safe nocturnal lighting. This is a monumental decision from a NFL team to change design that helps migratory birds.