"Yesterday, October 5, 2017, was the greatest number of birds collected in one day. There was a total of 63 birds with 38 dead and 25 live." - Amy LeMonds, Director of Wildlife, Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, 28728 Wolf Rd, Bay Village, OH 44140.
Northeast Ohio Fall Migration and Birds and Building Collisions Update
Yesterday, October 5, 2017, was the greatest number of birds collected in one day. There was a total of 63 birds with 38 dead and 25 live.
I attached a photo of the bagged deceased birds just from that day (shown above).
I also attached a photo of a stunned Nashville Warbler (Leiothlypis ruficapilla) netted and safely captured for transport to Lake Erie Nature & Science Center’s Wildlife Rehabilitation facility for care (right).
This is one of the lucky birds that was later released after being banded.
- Total- 711
- Live- 294
- Dead- 415
- 233 birds banded and released to date this fall. Still have approximately 15 in care.
- 18 (14 live, 4 dead) of the animals were bats all else birds.
- Documented 62 species of birds excluding the 13 unidentified birds likely due to deteriorated condition.
The top 3 species found are Common Yellowthroat (#1 with total of 82), Lincolns Sparrow, and Bay-breasted Warbler. Blackpoll Warblers trail closely behind.
There are about 30 active volunteers involved logging over 500 hours (estimated) since September 1, 2017.
There is so much to learn from all the data we collected this year that we have only just begun to look at some interesting trends.
We recently had a meeting that had some good participants that may lead to building owners participating in getting these lights off. And we have had a recent commitment from First Energy Stadium home of our Cleveland Browns to turn off their lights.
Director of Wildlife
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center
28728 Wolf Road
Bay Village, OH 44140