FLAP Makes Things Clear

FLAP volunteers look for and save migratory birds that have flown into buildings and fallen to the ground. This is an excellent video of the problem and their work. Sorry, the friggin’ thing just won’t embed. So here’s a link.

3 Comments so far

  1. sevi on April 10th, 2008 @ 10:53 am

    Migratory birds have it hard, and it doesn’t seem like FLAP gets enough press. I see posters for the "Lights out Toronto" campaign but I don’t think enough people know enough about them or of them :(. That video was both incredibly informative and severely depressing.
    If anyone is interested in a good read about the trials of migratory songbirds there’s a great book by Bridget Stutchbury called "Silence of the Songbirds." Only buy recycled tp/paper towel and shade-grown coffee now.

    In relation to the difficulties of birds in cities, I used to volunteer for the Canadian Peregrine Foundation as a fledgling watcher. It was a great experience. The CPF is a wonderful organization which I also don’t think gets enough attention.

  2. talk talk talk (tor_pario) on April 10th, 2008 @ 3:07 pm

    I agree, the video was severely depressing, and I admire the volunteers who can go out day after day in the hopes of saving the birds’ lives, not just to pick up corpses. I don’t understand why Toronto (businesses and city) was all gung-ho to turn out the lights for Earth Hour, but feel no urgency or compassion to do the same thing for the birds during the rest of the year.

    I remember when the peregrines were first spotted downtown. That, to me, was astonishing and wonderful. I’ve actually seen a predator bird fly over my place and in some of the ravines. They’re magnificent!

  3. Udayan Tripathi (udayan) on April 11th, 2008 @ 11:14 am

    It’s definitely a sad situation but turning out lights is also dangerous – to us: we need public lighting at night to keep our cities well-lit, which helps in crime prevention.

    It fits into Darwin’s survival-of-the-fittest idea, that the birds which know not to fly at the buildings will survive, but in the meantime we shouldn’t build in a manner that is so unfriendly and hazardous to birds and other animals.

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