We agreed that a robust monitoring program was necessary to document the impact of lit buildings on the migration through Cleveland. The information gathered from this program could be used to convince building owners that the threat is real and action required.
By Harvey B. Webster, Director of Wildlife Resources, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History
There are many significant developments in the Lights Out (http://ohiolightsout.org) relaunch.
We had launched Smart Light/Safe Flight some years back and coordinated with the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative's Ohio Lights Out program.
Response from building owners was tepid at best.
Forest City cooperated with the Terminal Tower, the Fifth Third Bank joined in but there was seemed to be a reluctance on the part of building owners to change from their status quo.
This last winter, representatives from the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative (OBCI), Lake Erie Nature & Science Center (LENSC), the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Metroparks, Akron Zoo and National Audubon met to see how we could revive the program.
First we discussed the name and agreed to rebrand the program “Lights Out Cleveland” or “Lights Out CLE” to better align with state and national efforts.
Then we all agreed that a robust monitoring program was necessary to document the impact of lit buildings on the migration through Cleveland.
The information gathered from this program could be used to convince building owners that the threat is real and action required.
Tim Jasinski, Wildlife Rehabilitation Specialist, and the team at LENSC took the lead and organized a stunningly successful program that rescued and rehabilitated injured birds and salvaged the dead.
All of the work graphically illustrated the impact.
Next steps are to continue monitoring during the fall migration, host a summit for building owners and managers to encourage their active and enthusiastic participation in Lights Out Cleveland, and publicize the program.
We will be holding training session for interested volunteers at 6 p.m. on Tuesday July 25 at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center.
If you are interested in volunteering please rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 440.471.8358.
If you cannot attend the session but would like to learn more please email or call us to find out how you can help!
View "Lights Out Field Volunteers Needed 2017" PDF
We thank you in advance for your help with this effort!
Lake Erie Nature and Science Center (LENSC)
28728 Wolf Rd, Bay Village, OH 44140