Thud! What's that sound?
Every year in the U.S., up to 100 million birds die flying into windows they can't see. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can make sure birds don't fly into your windows!
Move your feeders
If you built the bird feeder here, you can make sure that it's placed so that birds don't accidentally crash into your window. Move it far away from windows, so birds don't crash into them by accident.
Make your windows look different
Birds fly into windows because it's either too clear or it's too shiny. If it's too clear, the birds think that there's no glass there, and try to fly through them. If it's too shiny, birds see the reflections of trees in the window and don't even know it's your home.
One way to solve this problem is to not clean your windows. The dust on them will make the windows less shiny so the birds know there's something between them and the inside of your home.
Another way is to ask your parents to put up a screen or netting in your window. You can still see out fine, but it's harder for birds to hit the glass and hurt themselves. Screens can be found at most home improvement stores.
Scare the birds away
Another way to prevent birds from flying into your window is to put something scary in your window. After all, a bird won't fly toward something it's scared of, right?
And what's scarier to a little bird than a predator, especially a bird of prey?
This is an easy project to make. Just be careful with the scissors!
Scissors, construction paper, ribbon, glue and access to a printer.
- Blow up this image (from birdsource.org) and print it out.
- Glue it onto a stiff piece of construction paper, printed side up.
- Let the glue dry. Carefully cut out the black shape.
- Punch a hole at the top, and thread a piece of ribbon or string through it.
- Tie it up in the window. You're done!
© 2007 by Angel Chen