Volunteers Needed to Quantify Bird-Window Collisions on Campus

Volunteers are needed for a new effort to quantify bird-window collisions on campus. Recent studies estimate that, nationwide, between 365 and 988 million birds are killed annually by building collisions, making building collisions the second largest threat to bird populations in the United States. Volunteers will walk the perimeter of study buildings twice per week during the peak spring migration period (March 15–May 31) collecting victims of window collisions. All supplies for collecting birds will be provided. Each survey will take approximately 30–45 minutes, with an additional 12–15 minutes of at-home data entry. Training will be provided and no experience with bird identification is required—experts will assist you. You can still participate even if you are leaving campus before May 31. All MSU students, staff, and faculty are welcome.

Please join us for a training session at the MSU Museum Conference Room* on Thursday, March 22, 3:00–4:00 PM. Please email
rroake@michiganaudubon.org if you plan to attend or if you cannot, but are interested in volunteering.
If the project identifies specific windows with high numbers of bird-window collisions, we can explore targeted solutions to reduce these threats. Results may give insights into predicting “problem” windows and influencing future construction projects on campus. This project is led by Michigan Audubon in collaboration with Dr. Pamela Rasmussen and the MSU Museum. 
* Directions to MSU Museum Conference Room: Come up the central stairwell to second floor, turn right, go past the women’s restroom and into the Hall of Animal Diversity, turn right immediately through the door marked Conference Room, and it's the first left.