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You’re relaxing at home when – THUD! – you hear the unmistakable sound of a bird hitting your window.
Why do birds do this? And is there a way you can prevent it? We’ve got answers to both of these questions.
You might think birds fly into windows simply because they can’t see the glass. In a way, that’s accurate! Most birds hit windows because they see the sky and trees reflected in the glass, which makes them think they have a clear flight path. Unfortunately, most birds that fly into windows die either from their injuries or because another animal attacked them while they were stunned from the hit.
This may not seem like a big deal, but it is estimated that around one billion – yes, billion – birds die in the US from flying into windows each year. That can have a huge impact on the ecosystem, food chain, and the ability of certain species to thrive. Making your windows bird-safe is a great way to ensure you never have to hear that thud again – and it’s good for your local ecosystem!
Here are a few ways to make your windows and sliding glass doors bird-safe:
The key to bird-proofing your windows is to break up the reflection that the bird sees on the exterior of your home. Here are some simple ways to do that: