Limit Dangerous Threats

Keep Cats Indoors

In the United States alone, outdoor cats kill approximately 2.4 billion birds every year. Although this number may seem unbelievable, it represents the combined impact of tens of millions of outdoor cats. Each outdoor cat plays a part.

The City of Houston currently promotes the Trap, Neuter, Return program, which does not address the threat of cats to birds. We support the American Bird Conservancy’s Cats Indoor initiative: Learn more.

Prevent Daytime Window Strikes

Windows on homes, office buildings, and high rises have glass that reflects the trees and surroundings, creating images that look like inviting places for bird to fly. It is estimated that up to one billion birds die in the US every year due to window strikes. The good news is that materials such as bird-friendly glass are becoming more effective and available.

A Handout: Simple Solutions for Collisions by Saenger and Klem

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Prevent Nighttime Collisions

Most North American migratory birds fly at night, and lights on buildings can disorient birds on their paths, resulting in fatal collisions. The Upper Texas Coast plays a key role on the Central Flyway, an important migratory path for birds. Birds that move along and across the Gulf of Mexico depend on safe passage through the Houston-Galveston area. Throughout migration, and particularly during storm fronts, turning Lights Out for Birds can make a big difference.

We encourage businesses, buildings, and individuals across the state to turn off all nonessential lights from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. throughout spring and fall migration. 

Spring Migration: March 15 - June 15, peak from April 19 - May 7

Fall Migration: Peak from September 5 - October 29

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Avoid Threats to Migratory Birds

Practices that help migratory birds also help resident birds. These include lights out efforts, bird-safe building design, and thoughtful urban planning.

How to Help Migrating Birds

Check Your Labels

Pesticides including rat poison and insecticides like neonics kill birds and have an overall detrimental effect on our food chain. Learn more.

Did You know?

Predation by domestic cats is the number-one direct, human-caused threat to birds in the United States and Canada.

2014 State of the Birds report

Did You Know?

Northern Mockingbirds have been known to so skillfully imitate sounds such as squeaky gate hinges, sirens, and barking dogs that even an acoustical analysis could not tell the difference between the mockingbird and the original sound.

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