After Susan Kaine's second visit to Mrs.Crawford's class, they wrote an essay. Here is one essay that a student wrote in Mrs.Craford's class.
Birds vs. Windows
About 1 billion birds die from running into windows. They die from eternal bleeding or bruising especially on the brain. Dr. Daniel Klem of Muhlenberg College has researched this issue since the 1970’s. He writes,’’ Intensive studies at single homes reveal one out of every two strikes results fatality.’’ (source 4) Klem adds,’’ Glass is an indiscriminate killer that takes the fit as well as the unit of a species’ population.’’ (Source 4) We can all help save birds from the dangers of windows by understanding why birds run into windows, what can be done to prevent collisions, and what can be done to help save birds who have been injured in a collision.
Why do birds run into windows?
There are many reasons why birds fly into windows. Some birds fly into windows because they see landscape, or vegetation inside. When they see the landscape, and vegetation, it looks like an inviting place to go to. Migrating birds fly into windows at night because, they don't see the window. A lot of birds fly into windows because, they see there reflection, and think they are enemies. Most of those birds that see their reflection usually fight because they are near their breeding grounds.
What can be done to prevent birds from colliding with windows?
There are many ways you can stop a bird from running into your windows. You can cover your glass with netting, or with window screening to bounce the bird off before it hits the window. You can also cover your glass with one-way transparent film so they can’t see in, but you can see out. You can also mark your glass with soap streaks and wooden grille. If you want to… you can decorate your window with stickers.
What should you do if you find a bird that has been injured in a window collision?
If you find a bird that is injured, you should examine it for eternal bleeding. If it is not injured, place it on a branch, and see if it will perch up. If it is injured, take it to a wildlife rehabilitater as quickly as possible. If you find a bird, put it in a shoe box and leave it be. Every 15 minutes, take it outside, open it and see if it flies away. If an hour passes, and it hasn't flown out yet, take it to a rehabilitator.
By working together and educating others, we can all help to save birds from running into windows. Go help save birds!
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2. "Birds and Windows." — Audubon Society of Portland. Audubon Society of Portland, n.d. Web. 08 Nov. 2016.
3. "Make Your Windows Bird-Safe." RSS. Human Society, 2016. Web. 08 Nov. 2016.
4. "Why Birds Hit Windows-and How You Can Help Prevent It." All About Birds. Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, 11 Aug. 2015. Web. 08 Nov. 2016.