Luke Franke / Audubon
Urban habitats can be hazardous.
In the long evolutionary history of birds, our modern cities are brand new appearances on the landscape. Seattle’s first skyscraper, Smith Tower, was practically just erected in 1914. Since then, our cities have continued to grow and change dramatically, bringing new hazards to birds: free-ranging cats, glass, artificial light at night, and pesticides, to name a few. Not all birds are equiped to navigate these hazards, and the impacts can be devastating.
Seattle Audubon is committed to reducing urban hazards to birds. Learn more about urban hazards and what you can do to help.
If you have a cat in your life, one of the most powerful ways you can help birds is to keep the kitty inside, on a leash, or in a catio. It is so much safer for your cat, too. Click to learn more about saving birds by keeping cats indoors.
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Glass Windows and Structures
Birds behave as if they are unable to see glass. The literal impacts are astonishing: up to one billion birds die due to collisions with buidlings each year in the United States. Click to learn how you can prevent bird-window collisions.
Tom Hissong/Great Backyard Bird Count
Artificial Light at Night
Artificial light at night can have a “beacon effect” on birds. This often occurs during migration periods, when large numbers of birds are attracted toward brightly lit cities and become disoriented, making them more vulnerable to collisions and other urban hazards. Click to learn how you can reduce the impacts of artificial light at night on birds.
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Rat Poison and Other Pesticides
You know who loves a rat? Your local Red-tailed Hawk. Bad news, though: popular rodent control practices create poison-laced rats that can also harm animals that eat rats. Click to learn how you can reduce the impacts of rat poisons and other pesticides on birds.
Learn more about our urban conservation work:
dBird.org: Report dead and injured birds
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