WEST SEATTLE BIRDS: Busy night for migrating – here’s how you can help

(Black-Headed Grosbeak, a migrant this time of year – photographed in 2021 by Mark Wangerin)

Thanks to community naturalist Kersti Muul for the tip on this. She says we’re going into a high-migration time for birds – and you can help them by turning off or dimming your outdoor lighting. The Audubon program Lights Out is explained here – its main advice:

*Turn off exterior decorative lighting
*Extinguish pot and flood-lights
*Reduce atrium lighting wherever possible
*Turn off interior lighting especially on higher stories
*Substitute task and area lighting for workers staying late or pull window coverings
*Down-shield exterior lighting to eliminate horizontal glare and all light directed upward
*Install automatic motion sensors and controls wherever possible
*When converting to new lighting assess quality and quantity of light needed, avoiding over-lighting with newer, brighter technology

BirdCast tracks migration; here’s what happened last night – check the site tonight to see what’s happening. (Kersti also tells us that the week of October 2nd has been declared Bird-Safe Week in Seattle,)

9 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE BIRDS: Busy night for migrating - here's how you can help"

  • Kersti Elisabeth Muul September 9, 2022 (9:31 pm)

    ❤️ Let’s help our feathered friends get where they are going.Night light is extremely disorienting to birds and causes collisions with glass and also increases predation. Night lighting is one adaptation predators are learning how to take advantage of. If you haven’t seen the apple program on the peregrines in downtown Chicago, I highly recommend it!
    Another bad thing in the mix that will make night light worse is the smoke cap.
    Save energy, save birds, see stars!

    • Marie m September 10, 2022 (10:48 am)

      Thank you for educating on this topic!  

  • Kersti Elisabeth Muul September 9, 2022 (9:38 pm)

  • anonyme September 10, 2022 (6:29 am)

    Great reminder.  Excess nighttime lighting disturbs a wide variety of wildlife – and humans – not just birds.  The only animals who seem to benefit are the few species of spiders (mostly Larinioides) who weave advantageous webs around the lights.  A lot of people have their properties lit up like airport runways in the mistaken illusion that it prevents crime.  It doesn’t.

  • wssz September 10, 2022 (6:48 am)

    Thanks for letting us know! We turned off our exterior lights last night and will keep them off during migration. Really appreciate getting this information.That website is excellent.  

    • Kersti Elisabeth Muul September 10, 2022 (3:44 pm)

      Thank you ❤️ and the birds thank you ☺️There’s so much that we need to pay attention to and only so much time to become aware 

  • Jaye September 11, 2022 (4:09 pm)

    Thank you! I’ve bookmarked the BirdCast site and turned off my porch light.  I love birds! Bonus: Less light pollution means better stargazing, plus we save a bit on our escalating electric bills. 

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