Nearly 400 of some of America's most beautiful migratory birds met their end when they crashed into the 23-story American National Insurance building in the city of Galveston, Texas. These birds were heading north to their nesting grounds but this year there will be far fewer songbirds for us to enjoy.
Experts believe strong winds could have blown the birds of their normal migratory course and the bright lights of the tall building were mistaken for moonlight or the sun, luring them to a tragic end.
The easiest and most responsible way to ensure tragedies like these don't happen again are to require office buildings to turn off their lights at night especially during migration season. This method is both effective and saves energy.
I believe it's time that cities like Galveston that lie in the flight path of migratory birds, take their well-being into consideration and take measures to ensure these birds make it to their nesting grounds so we can all enjoy their beautiful colors and songs.
Join me and ask James D. Yarbrough, Mayor of Galveston, TX to require buildings in Galveston to turn off their lights
during migratory bird season.