Toronto Hydro Corporation
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Tanya Bruckmueller, Toronto Hydro
March 8, 2006
Media Advisory -- Toronto Hydro Bird Safety Migration Alert
Toronto Hydro urges businesses and office towers to turn off nighttime
lights to reduce fatal collisions during spring migration.
TORONTO -- As spring approaches, warmer temperatures will encourage
birds to make their journey north now that winter is coming to an end.
Toronto Hydro is appealing to business owners, downtown condominium
corporations and office tower building managers to turn off unnecessary
nighttime lights. There will be a concentrated movement of birds through
the City of Toronto beginning the next few weeks and continuing through
Birds that migrate at night are strongly attracted to sources of
artificial light and have an increased risk of becoming hurt or killed.
Millions of migratory birds fly through the City of Toronto each spring
and fall. Thousands of those birds die every year as a result of
collisions with lighted buildings. Volunteers from the Fatal Light
Awareness Program (FLAP) collect these needlessly injured or killed
birds every morning at dawn.
Turning off lights at night from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. will help businesses
conserve energy, save money and help protect migrant bird species that
may be hurt or killed by lit Toronto buildings.
If lights need to remain on, customers should consider the following
* Install motion-sensitive lighting.
* Use desk lamps/task lights or lower lighting levels.
* Where safe, turn off or reduce perimeter lighting especially on the
tops of buildings.
* Close blinds and curtains.
Today FLAP will be displaying the Fall 2005 birds at the Royal Ontario
Museum from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Approximately 2,000 birds killed during
fall migration will be laid out.
Toronto Hydro has partnered with FLAP and the City of Toronto to
increase awareness of this issue. In February of this year, the City of
Toronto became the first in the world to implement a Migratory Bird
Protection Policy. All new buildings will need to ensure that the needs
of birds are incorporated into the site planning process with respect to
lighting, floodlighting and glass, as well as other bird-friendly design
Visit The Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) at