Philadelphia dims the lights for migratory birds

The lights of Philadelphia can be hazardous for migrating birds. Last fall, hundreds of dead birds appeared throughout the city. Credit: Peter Miller

The City of Brotherly Love is showing a little love for its avian community by shining its lights a little less during the spring migration. As migratory birds pass through Philadelphia, the coalition Bird Safe Philly announced a new voluntary Lights out Philly initiative urging lights inside and outside buildings to be turned off or dimmed during spring and fall migrations.

Organizations including Audubon Mid-Atlantic, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club formed the coalition after hundreds of dead birds appeared throughout the city last fall.

The Lights Out Philly program runs from April 1 through May 31 and from Aug. 15 to Nov. 15.

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