Laura Bush: What each Texan can do to help migrating birds

By Laura Bush

1:30 AM on March 14th, 2021

Guidelines for how building owners and regular Texans can reduce lighting to prevent bird crashes.

Guidelines for everyone

● Turn off all nonessential lights from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night.

● Do not use landscape lighting to illuminate trees or gardens where birds may be resting.

● For essential lights (like security lighting) use the following dark skies-friendly lighting practices:

○ Aim lights down.

○ Use lighting shields to direct light downward and to avoid light shining into the sky or trees.

○ Use motion detectors and sensors, so lights are only on when you need them.

○ Close blinds at night to reduce the amount of light emitted from household windows.

Guidelines for buildings taller than 3 stories

● Extinguish or dim exterior and decorative lighting (i.e., spotlights, logos, clock faces, greenhouses and antenna lighting); lobby and atrium lighting; and lighting in perimeter rooms on all levels of the building.

● Avoid the following: using floodlights; illuminating interior plants or fountains and unoccupied floors; scheduling cleaning crews after dark; and emitting blue-rich white light.

● Use desk lamps or task lighting rather than overhead lights; blinking lighting in place of continuously burning lights; and warm light sources for outdoor lighting.

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