Dr. Christine Sheppard, one of the world’s foremost authorities on bird collisions, and the Bird Collisions Campaign Manager for American Bird Conservancy, will speak on –
Title: “Why Birds Collide with Glass and How We Can Stop Them” Where: Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park
Date: April 18th
Time: 6:30 pm
The presentation will discuss how these methods can be used at the U. S. Bank Stadium.
Abstract: Birds are important parts of the biosphere, yet hundreds of millions are killed by colliding with glass in the US every year. Birds collide with glass on structures of every size, from shacks to skyscrapers, in urban, suburban and rural area. Advances in technology are increasing use of glass curtain walls and other large glass features, increasing the rate of mortality.
Our current understanding of avian visual ecology clarifies reasons for collisions and provides a basis for creation of effective solutions. Hazards to birds in the built environment are easy to recognize. Many currently available strategies for reducing bird mortality overlap with strategies deployed to control heat and light or promote security in new construction. Strategies for retrofitting existing structures are becoming more available. Legislation requiring bird-friendly design is becoming more common.
Biography: Dr. Sheppard earned her B.A. and Ph.D. at Cornell. Her first job was at the Bronx Zoo, where she started as an intern, and ended as Curator of Birds. Zoos deal not only with issues of their buildings causing mortality of wild birds by collisions with glass exhibit walls, windows and handrails, they bring bird collision problems inside. In 2007, Dr. Sheppard joined the board of the Bird-safe Glass Foundation as science advisor. She conducts basic research into the effectiveness of different patterns in preventing bird collisions. In 2009, she moved to the American Bird Conservancy as Collisions Program Manager and has recently published a revised, second edition of her Bird-friendly Building Design. She has created AIA continuing education classes on Bird-friendly Design, helped create San Francisco’s Standards for Bird-safe Buildings and was part of the team that developed USGBC LEED Pilot Credit 55: Reducing Bird Mortality.