The former First Lady, Barbara Bush, is back in the news recently along with her conservation nonprofit. They want to help migrating birds that are making the trek across Texas by turning off lights.
As it turns out, those lights confuse the birds, and at times, lead to their death due to them hitting tall buildings.
The number of birds that may be saved as a result of this initiative is more than most people realize. There are about 1 billion birds that make their way through Texas every year, which is about one-third of the migratory birds in the United States.
How many birds with the initiative save? About one out of four birds have died while migrating in the United States. Since approximately 1 billion birds travel through Texas, that may mean up to 250 million birds would continue on their journey safe.
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Since many of the migrating birds travel through the area at night, the bright lights tend to distract them and they can run into buildings. One way to limit this is by turning off or lowering the lights, something that both businesses and individual homes can do.
It may not be necessary to turn the lights out all year long. The birds tend to migrate between March 1 and June 15, and there is a peak somewhere in the middle. The Lights out Texas initiative may be just what is needed to save about many birds.
According to NBCDFW, Bush sent out a letter, saying: “I know that you and all Texans care deeply about protecting wildlife and the ecosystems that will sustain us for generations to come. My vision is of a dark Texas sky, ensuring a safe flight for birds on their journey home.”
It will help us to save money on our electric bill and save birds at the same time. Sounds like a win-win situation.Whizzco