The fall bird migration is underway, and Texas is welcoming hundreds of million of birds migrating through our state to their southern wintering grounds. We are calling on all Texans to help spread educational awareness about light pollution in major metropolitan areas that negatively impacts migrating birds during this time of year.
To raise awareness as part of the Lights Out Texas initiative led by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Texas Conservation Alliance, Dallas Zoo, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Houston Audubon, Texan by Nature, and others, Mayor Johnson issued a proclamation declaring all nights through Oct. 10 as “Lights Out Nights” in Dallas.
We encourage you to promote Lights Out Texas on your social media channels using the provided social media copy and graphic below, in addition to forwarding the proclamation issued by Mayor Johnson in Dallas to your local mayor to encourage them to adopt a similar proclamation. Taking action now is vital because every spring and fall, nearly two billion birds, between a quarter and a third of all birds migrating at night through the United States, travel through Texas.
To track bird migration in your area and learn more visit birdcast.info
Great before and after examples of what “Light Out” looks like is the AT&T building in Dallas, TX featured below (photographed this month by Texas Conservation Alliance) and this example of an American National Insurance skyscraper in Galveston, TX from 2017.
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Join us for Lights Out Texas through October 29 to keep migrating wildlife safe and conserve energy. We strongly encourage our friends, local community, and businesses across Texas to join this important initiative by turning off their non-essential lights by 11 p.m. and keeping them off until 6 a.m. Taking action now is vital because every spring and fall, nearly two billion birds, between a quarter and a third of all birds migrating at night through the United States, travel through Texas. Learn more at https://birdcast.info
I hope you’ll join us in helping Texas provide the most bird friendly night skies in the world!
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