Sunday, February 22, 2009

Help Stop Bird Kills at Communications Towers!

Update on my earlier screed about the light at night. A few minutes after I sent out the posting I received this from the Sons of the American Legion Commander:
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that up to 50 million birds are killed each year because of lighted communications towers!  Scientists have shown that -- especially during bad weather conditions -- migrating birds become disoriented and trapped by the halo of light surrounding towers that use steady-burning illumination.  The birds circle endlessly until they either collide with the structure, each other, or simply fall dead from sheer exhaustion.

In just one instance, more than 10,000 dead birds were found under a single communication tower in one night!

Simple steps can be taken to prevent these needless deaths, but for over ten years, the FCC (the government agency that licenses towers) has been dragging its feet in implementing them, despite  repeated appeals by American Bird Conservancy, Audubon, and Defenders of Wildlife, as well as independent scientists, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and even a federal court order.

With the annual bird spring migration nearly underway, please take action to help ABC push the FCC to take immediate action to prevent future migratory bird deaths at towers.

Doesn't the bible say that God notices each sparrow that falls? Do we care?

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