NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of birds migrating via New York City this week died after crashing into town’s glass towers, a mass casualty occasion spotlighted by a New York City Audubon volunteer’s tweets exhibiting the World Trade Center suffering from hen carcasses.
This week’s avian demise toll was notably excessive, however hen strikes on Manhattan skyscrapers are a persistent drawback that NYC Audubon has documented for years, mentioned Kaitlyn Parkins, the group’s affiliate director of conservation and science.
Stormy climate Monday night time into Tuesday contributed to the deaths, she mentioned.
“We had a big storm and sort of weird weather and lots of birds, and that’s sort of the perfect combination that can lead to bird-window collisions,” Parkins mentioned.
“It seems that the storm might have brought the birds in lower than they would have otherwise have been, or just disoriented them,” Parkins added. “The effects of nocturnal light on birds is also quite strong, especially when it’s a cloudy night.”
Volunteers with NYC Audubon doc hen deaths at high-risk spots throughout the spring and fall migrations.
Melissa Breyer, the volunteer who tweeted about discovering nearly 300 birds on sidewalks surrounding the brand new World Trade Center towers, mentioned the expertise was “overwhelming.”
“As soon as I got to the buildings, the birds were everywhere on the sidewalk,” Breyer mentioned. “Looking north, covered, south, covered, west, covered, the sidewalks were literally covered with birds.”
NYC Audubon needs the house owners of the World Trade Center towers and different buildings to assist scale back the variety of hen strikes by dimming the lights at night time and by treating glass to make it extra seen to birds.
“Make it so that they can see it and recognize that it’s a solid barrier that they cannot fly through,” Parkins mentioned.
Jordan Barowitz, a spokesperson for the Durst Organization, co-developer of One World Trade Center, mentioned in an electronic mail, “The first 200 feet of One WTC are encased in glass fins that are non-reflective. This design was chosen because it greatly reduces bird strikes which mostly occur below 200 feet and are frequently caused by reflective glass.”
Dara McQuillan, a spokesperson for Silverstein Properties, the developer of three different commerce middle skyscrapers, mentioned, “We care deeply for wild birds and protecting their habitat in the five boroughs. Understanding that artificial night-time lighting in general can attract and disorient migrating birds, we are actively encouraging our office tenants to turn off their lights at night and lower their blinds wherever possible, especially during the migratory season.”
It wasn’t the final flight for all of the birds that crashed. Some survived.
A complete of 77 birds have been taken to the Wild Bird Fund’s rehab facility on the Upper West Side on Tuesday, nearly all of them from the commerce middle space, director Ritamary McMahon mentioned.
“We knew it was going to be a large migration coming in. They could tell from the radar,” mentioned McMahon, who scheduled further employees to take care of an anticipated inflow of injured birds.
The Wild Bird Fund employees members gave the birds meals, fluids and anti inflammatory medicines to scale back swelling.
Thirty birds recovered and have been launched in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park on Wednesday, McMahon mentioned.
“One of our staff took an Uber down to Prospect Park to release them so they wouldn’t face any more tall buildings on their travels,” she mentioned.
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