The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
, Duval Audubon Society
, and St. Johns County Audubon Society
have joined forces to develop a Lights Out program for Northeast Florida.
WHAT IS LIGHTS OUT NORTHEAST FLORIDA AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Birds migrate each year along the Atlantic coast. Because many birds migrate at night using natural light cues like the moon and stars, bright lights and sky glow can confuse them. This causes birds to collide with windows and walls while others circle in confusion until exhaustion overcomes them. From our best current scientific understanding, millions of birds die in the U.S. every year because of this.
Fortunately, a simple thing like turning out building lights can help birds navigate our environment and protect them from unnecessary harm. A landmark study
conducted by the Field Museum in Chicago showed that by turning the lights off in one building, the number of birds killed there dropped by over 80 percent.
Our program joins those in other major cities throughout the country
to help save migratory birds during their spring and fall migrations.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
COMMERCIAL BUILDING OWNERS / MANAGERS ARE ASKED TO PLEDGE TO DO THE FOLLOWING FROM 11 PM UNTIL 6 AM DURING SPRING MIGRATION (MARCH 15 - MAY 15) AND FALL MIGRATION (SEPTEMBER 15 - NOVEMBER 15)
- Turn off exterior decorative lighting (leave security lights on as needed for safety)
- Turn off or dim lobby and atrium lighting
- Turn off interior lights – especially on upper floors (3d floor and upward)
- Direct lights to point downward, instead of upward into the sky
- Switch floodlights to timed lights or motion sensor lights
- Schedule cleaning crews before 11 pm (and/or put motion sensor light switches in all rooms)
- If employees need to work at night, use task lighting rather than overhead lighting, or close the blinds or drapes
- Consider keeping light reduction practices in place year-round to save energy
In addition to helping birds, these efforts have the additional benefit of reducing your energy usage and saving money.
To learn more about our local program, visit https://www.jacksonvillezoo.org/Lights-Out
. Learn more about Audubon's Nationwide Lights Out Program at https://www.audubon.org/lights-out-program
If you would like to join the pledge to go lights out at night for birds, please complete the information below.