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The BroadsheetDAILY ~ 1/21/21 ~ New Law Aims to Play Fair with Fowl ~ “There may be as many as one billion birds killed by window and glass collisions every single year in the United States,”
A woodpecker killed in a collision with a Battery Park City skyscraper.
The New York City Council recently enacted new legislation that will protect birds, who are killed by the thousands each year in collisions with the reflective glass on the facades of skyscrapers, including those in Battery Park City.
“There may be as many as one billion birds killed by window and glass collisions every single year in the United States,” explains Battery Park City resident Michelle Ashkin, who is licensed by New York State as a Wildlife Rehabilitator, and also serves as the co-director of education for the Wild Bird Fund. “In New York City alone, we estimate that there are anywhere between 90,000 to 230,000 bird collisions every year, so this legislation is a major step in the right direction, especially since there are so many bird-safe glass options.”
The bill, passed in December, mandates that facade materials in new buildings meet bird-friendly standards that greatly reduce collision risks to birds. (Windows and other glass elements are especially dangerous for birds, which often mistake their reflective surfaces for sky or vegetation, causing them to fly straight into buildings.) The new law also covers major renovations to existing buildings, and applies to construction across the City’s five boroughs.
“During peak migration seasons in the spring and the autumn,” Ms. Ashkin adds, “wildlife rehabbers like myself receive calls daily from people who have found injured birds. In Battery Park City and environs, it is particularly dangerous, because we are a virtual Downtown city of glass, surrounded by some of the best parkland and resting spots for migratory birds.”
About a month ago, an evening trip down West Street toward Battery Park City showed the Goldman Sachs building almost completely illuminated. While Brookfield Properties participates in NYC Audubon’s Lights Out New York initiative, many other NYC skyscraper owners do not.
In a reference to the Winter Garden atrium within Brookfield Place, Ms. Ashkin observes that, “glass facades with plants and trees inside attract birds, who slam into them, thinking they are headed to the trees. And the highly reflective glass used in so many of our buildings reflects the greenery in our parklands. So realistically, birds fly towards these, to perch on them, and ‘boom,’ they break their necks, or wings, or suffer terrible concussions that end up killing them. It’s heartbreaking. When you consider that these creatures—many tiny enough to fit into the palm of a child—have flown thousands of miles and faced enormous dangers, only to meet their demise or suffer great injury because of our love for glass, it speaks to the urgency of this legislation.”
Ms. Ashkin, who has been a local organizer on issues like protecting the ducks that nest in the Rockefeller Park lily pond, also has ideas for additional measures, not included in the legislation. “There is more we can do at the buildings in Battery Park City, in which the glass is not bird-safe,” she says, “especially during peak-migration season. Putting up art work, decorations, or decals that birds can see is one possibility. I hope people and building managers start to realize how much of a difference they can make, how much they can give back to nature, just by doing these small things.”
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1774 – Abdul Hamid I became Sultan of the Ottoman Empire and Caliph of Islam.
1789 – The first American novel, The Power of Sympathy or the Triumph of Nature Founded in Truth by William Hill Brown, is printed in Boston.
1793 – After being found guilty of treason by the French National Convention, Louis XVI of France is executed by guillotine.
1861 – American Civil War: Jefferson Davis resigns from the United States Senate.
1908 – New York City passes the Sullivan Ordinance, making it illegal for women to smoke in public, only to have the measure vetoed by the mayor.
1911 – The first Monte Carlo Rally takes place.
1950 – American lawyer and government official Alger Hiss is convicted of perjury.
1954 – The first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, is launched in Groton, Connecticut by Mamie Eisenhower, the First Lady of the United States.
1960 – Little Joe 1B, a Mercury spacecraft, lifts off from Wallops Island, Virginia with Miss Sam, a female rhesus monkey on board.
1960 – A coal mine collapses at Holly Country, South Africa, killing 435 miners.
1968 – A B-52 bomber crashes near Thule Air Base, contaminating the area after its nuclear payload ruptures. One of the four bombs remains unaccounted for after the cleanup operation is complete. Thule Air Base, is the Air Force’s northernmost base, located 750miles north of the Arctic Circle on the northwest coast of the island of Greenland.
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2017 – Over 400 cities across America and 160+ countries worldwide participate in a large-scale women’s march, on Donald Trump’s first full day as President of the United States.
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1824 – Stonewall Jackson, American general (d. 1863)
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1905 – Christian Dior, French fashion designer, (d. 1957
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1922 – Telly Savalas, American actor (d. 1994)
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1951 – Eric Holder, n, 82nd United States Attorney General
1955 – Jeff Koons, American painter and sculptor
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1793 – Louis XVI of France (b. 1754)
1924 – Vladimir Lenin, Russian lawyer and politician (b. 1870)
1959 – Cecil B. DeMille, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 188
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