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Tips for Reducing Bird Strikes at Home

Orange-crowned Warbler - mary coolidge
Orange-crowned Warbler - mary coolidge
Research shows that an estimated 44 percent of strikes occur at residential homes. There are steps that each of us can take to make a difference: Find out what you can do to reduce strikes at your house.

Naturescaping solutions

  • Locate bird feeders & bird baths far away from (>30 feet) or close to (<3 feet) windows.
  • Move large houseplants away from windows where strikes are common.
  • Trees or shrubs planted near to & in front of windows may help interrupt or cut down reflections
  • Visit Backyard Habitats for more information in naturescaping.

Decals and Window Film

Netting and Screens

DIY Solutions

  • Use tape to create stripes on outside of window: 1/8 inch vertical white tape, 4” apart OR, see ABC Bird Tape above under Decals & Window film
  • Paint pens
  • Tempera paint stencils

Manufactured Glass Solutions

Lighting solutions

  • Turn off unnecessary lights seasonally from dusk until dawn, mid-March through early June (spring migration) and late August through mid-November (fall migration)
  • Ensure that all exterior lighting is properly shielded and aimed down
  • If you're converting exterior lamps to LED, make sure you choose a warm light LED (under 3,000 Kelvins)
  • Make sure you're not over-lighting: carefully choose the wattage of your exterior lamps
  • Switch to motion sensor lighting wherever possible 
  • Ensure that all exterior lighting is properly shielded by installing wildlife friendly lighting that meets the International Dark Sky Association’s Fixture Seal of Approval

For more detailed BirdSafe resources and those geared specifically toward professionals, view our Toolkit.

Bird Strike Resources

Portland Audubon Birds and Windows Brochure (pdf)

American Bird Conservancy bird collision solutions flier

American Bird Conservancy Bird Smart Glass webpage

What to Do if a Bird Hits Your Window

If a bird hits your window, observe it before handling. Some strike victims recover after initially being stunned. If the bird is in imminent danger (i.e., a lurking cat), place it in a box and place it in a safe and quiet place. Check the bird in one hour. If it is alert, active and able to fly, release it immediately. If the bird is still having trouble, you may bring it to the Wildlife Care Center (open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. every day, 503-292-0304).

*The above list is intended as a clearinghouse of products and vendors to help provide guidance and solutions. Audubon Society of Portland does not recommend any one product over another, and cannot assume responsibility for the efficacy of any listed products. 

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