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Thursday, October 2, 2014

What birds are killed in collisions in Duluth?

American Redstart and Tennessee Warbler
This American Redstart and Tennessee Warbler were killed at a small window on a brick building in downtown Duluth on September 8, 2005. I picked them up just after dawn. This was when I was working downtown. I should have recorded the exact address, but didn't think of it.

What birds are injured and killed in collisions in Duluth? The new airport windows are definitely killers: on September 21, 2014 (a sunny day), Penny Schwarze came across about 20 dead small yellow/light brown birds (probably mostly warblers) under the airport windows at around 2:30 pm.

Penny's sad discovery is what led me to start this website, to document and publicize these kills so we can try to persuade the Airport and other building owners and managers to initiate changes, such as netting and turning lights out, to prevent these tragic and wasteful losses.

Please send me photos of birds you find killed or injured by collisions in Duluth, Minnesota. If you can't identify the birds, that's okay, but make sure to include the date and place. If you don't have photos but can accurately report the number of birds you found dead, their identities if known, and the date and place, we can add posts for those, but obviously photos are more compelling and authoritative. The photo above was taken in 2005—it was the only one I had handy—but for now, let's restrict this blog to collisions starting in 2014.

Email photos or information, along with the date and place, to me at chickadee@lauraerickson.com. Let me know how you want me to identify you, or if you'd prefer to remain anonymous. Please make the subject heading Bird Collision.

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