A bird’s-eye view of making the built environment safer for birds
Audubon Pennsylvania
Chapter Chatter Newsletter October 2020
Common Yellowthroat
Tips to Share: Preventing Bird Collisions With Buildings
The world is becoming an ever more challenging place for birds. But, our communities and cities can play a role in making the built environment less hazardous for birds. Bird-Friendly Buildings is a key pillar of Audubon’s Bird-Friendly Communities strategy. And, in response to recent collision events, we have a new article to share that focuses on straightforward tips to reduce the hazards birds encounter from light and glass. The tips are relatively simple and provide numerous methods for people to take meaningful action to help birds more safely navigate the world we share.  Read Seven Ways That Bird Collisions With Buildings Can Be Prevented
Common Yellowthroat. Photo: Megumi Aita/Audubon Photography Awards
Double-crested Cormorant
Audubon Partnership with International Dark Sky Association
Encompassed in Audubon’s mission to protect birds and the places they need is the conservation of critical habitat, including the sky. Audubon is pleased to announce a new partner in the critical work of protecting the night from light pollution: the International Dark Sky Association.

Learn more about this new partnership and how your chapter can get involved by attending a webinar on on Tuesday, October 27th from 7:00-8:30 PM. Join National Audubon Society’s Bird-friendly Communities team and the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) as we highlight the mission of IDA, its network of chapters on the ground, and possibilities for partnerships across our network. You'll hear from some Audubon and IDA chapter leaders who are already partnering on the ground to help birds along their migratory routes through the reduction of light pollution.   Register Here
Double-crested Cormorant. Photo: Attiana Cogswell/Audubon Photography Awards
Bird Imprint on Window
Avoiding Bird Collisions with Low-Rise Buildings
You may be surprised to learn that nearly half of bird mortality from glass occurs in buildings of four stories or less. Chapters are uniquely positioned to help get the word out to their members, their communities, and their partners about ways to reduce the harmful effects of glass and light for birds.

Coming up on October 22 from 7:00-8:30 PM, learn what you can do to reduce and prevent bird collisions in suburban and low-rise buildings through a special presentation by a team that includes Connie Sanchez, Program Coordinator, Bird-Friendly Buildings, National Audubon Society; Robin Irizarry, Program Associate for Audubon Pennsylvania; Katie Fisk, Environmental Educator and Animal Curator at Briar Bush Nature Center; and, Leigh Altadonna of the Bird-Window Collision Working Group, a collaborative effort by the Acopian Center at Muhlenberg College, Lehigh Valley Audubon Society, Wyncote Audubon Society, and Audubon Pennsylvania.

Special thanks to National Audubon Society, Briar Bush Nature Center, the Abington, Cheltenham, and Jenkintown Bird Towns/Environmental Advisory Councils, The Tookany/Tacony Frankford Watershed Partnership, and the Wyncote Audubon Society.

Can’t make this one? Look for more opportunities in the coming months. Register Here
Annual Reporting Information
Chapter annual reporting season is here! Audubon chapter annual reports are an opportunity to celebrate chapter accomplishments. Annual reporting qualifies your chapter for your baseline funding payment and re-certifies your chapter with Audubon. Reporting season runs through January 31, 2021. 
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