The midwest United States experiences some of the most spectacular fall migration, making it a treat for birders, who get to see beautiful non-native species passing through. But birds that are migrating face one giant obstacle: Chicago. The Windy City is a death sentence for an estimated tens of thousands of migratory birds every single year.
This year has been particularly gruesome. In a single day, volunteers found over 1,000 birds dead outside of one single building – the giant McCormick Place, the largest convention center in America.
Sign now to tell the Chicago City Council: protect migratory birds! Require buildings to turn off their lights during migration season!
The most frustrating part of this is that there is a very simple solution to this problem: require all buildings to turn off their lights at night. Light confuses migrating birds, given that they typically use the stars as a guide to get to their destination.
Chicago produces more light pollution than any other city in the country. So why hasn't the Chicago City Council adopted a measure that would single-handedly protect the lives of thousands of birds each year?
Let's put pressure on the Chicago City Council to do the right thing to protect migratory birds and require all buildings to turn off their lights at night! Sign the petition now!