Lights Out Cleveland Updates with Amy LeMonds, Director of Wildlife, Lake Erie Nature and Science Center (LENSC)
Amy LeMonds, Director of Wildlife, Lake Erie Nature and Science Center (LENSC) talks about Lights Out Cleveland and issues a Call for Volunteers to address migratory bird injury and track bird mortality rates.
A conversation with Amy LeMonds, Director of Wildlife, Lake Erie Nature and Science Center (LENSC) and Partner, Lights Out Cleveland with news and updates on program activity and July 2017 volunteer training to respond to migratory bird injury and track bird mortality rates due to building collisions in the City of Cleveland, Ohio. With Betsey Merkel, Web and Marketing, Western Cuyahoga Audubon.
Lights Out Field Volunteers Needed
We need your help! Each year, millions of migrating birds are killed by building collisions in the U.S. A recent review of published studies suggested that between 365 and 988 million birds are killed annually. Although we all enjoy the beauty of Cleveland’s skyline, many are unaware of the impact these buildings have on our beautiful migrating birds. Many of the warblers, orioles, thrushes, and other songbirds migrate through Cleveland at night, using the stars to orient their flight. When there is fog or a cloud layer, birds are no longer able to see the stars and can mis-orient and start tracking artificial lights, particularly around tall buildings.
By dimming the building's lights during the peak of spring and fall migration, we can save many birds each year.
Light’s Out Cleveland is a group of local partnering organizations working together to create awareness about the effects brightly lit buildings have on nocturnally migrating birds. Through this awareness we will create change and save migrating birds' lives.
We are looking for volunteers to help collect injured and deceased birds from the grounds of downtown Cleveland’s buildings during peak migration months (from the middle of March to late May, and from mid-August through end-October). Any live birds will need to be transported to Lake Erie Nature & Science Center for care and treatment through their rehabilitation program. All deceased birds will be processed by Cleveland Museum of Natural History and used for research purposes, including data collection about the scale of these impacts.
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!
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