Press Release from American Bird Conservancy
Up to One Billion Birds May Be Killed Annually in Building Collisions, New Study Says
Low-Rise Buildings and Residences Pose Bigger Mortality Threat than Skyscrapers
(Washington, D.C., February 7, 2014) In the most comprehensive study of its kind, involving the review and analysis of almost two dozen studies and over 92,000 records, federal scientists have found that between 365 and 988 million birds are likely killed in the United States each year as a result of collisions with buildings.
The study, “Bird–building Collisions in the United States: Estimates of Annual Mortality and Species Vulnerability” was published in a peer-reviewed journal, The Condor: Ornithological Applications in January 2014. It was authored by Scott R. Loss, Sara S. Loss, and Peter P. Marra of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and Tom Will of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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