Bird-building collisions: documenting fatalities and seeking solutions

When Nov 18, 2022
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where Shumaker Research Building 139
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Contact Phone 812-219-2685
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Sarah Wanamaker

As part of our efforts to raise awareness and address the issue of bird-strikes into windows on campus, Dr. Sarah Wanamaker, Indiana University-Bloomington, will be speaking about her research on bird-building collisions on college campuses.

Sarah Wanamaker is a Research Associate in the Environmental Resilience Institute at Indiana University, where she leads a cross-departmental team of scientists studying bird window collisions. Sarah also leads community initiatives to educate public on strategies to reduce bird window strikes.

We now know that North America is home to 3 billion fewer birds than it was 50 years ago. Collisions with buildings are a primary cause of bird mortality; by some estimates, window strikes kill over 100 million birds per year in the U.S. alone.

Dr. Wanamaker's team researches the prevalence of fatal bird-building collisions on Indiana University’s campus during spring and fall migration. They are also developing a novel sensor to passively detect window strikes.

A goal of this study is to generate data that will be used to lobby for Indiana University to retrofit high-risk windows with mitigate avian fatalities by retrofitting high-risk windows with visible patterns that allow birds to see glass, thereby mitigating avian fatalities.

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