Most migratory songbirds travel at night, using starlight to navigate, but in many places, this starlight is overpowered by artificial, urban lighting. Light from buildings, streetlights, and decorative landscaping can confuse migrating birds, drawing them down from the night sky and into cities, where glass buildings pose a dangerous threat. Confused birds can become trapped in artificial lights, flying in circles to the point of exhaustion. These confused, tired birds often collide with reflective glass, resulting in severe injury or even death. This is a sad fate that up to a billion birds face each year, but we can help.
By pledging to participate in GL Safe Passage, you are contributing to state-wide bird conservation. Your actions may inspire your neighbors, friends, and colleagues to help as well. As a community, we can make a make a significant difference for the millions of migratory birds that pass through the Great Lakes each year. Thank you for helping the birds!
We consider your pledge to be on-going. Michigan Audubon will send a reminder before spring and fall migration begins. If you represent a business or organization, we will add you to our list of migratory bird supporters (coming soon to our website).
From everyone at Michigan Audubon and the Detroit Audubon Society, thank you!