exposes birds to many natural hazards, but the degree of human-caused
mortality incurred at artificial objects or by human-introduced contaminants
or from non-native predators has a devastating cumulative impact on populations
of migratory birds. Combine mortality due to hazards with those that occur
due to degradation of breeding, stopover, and wintering habitats, and
the outlook can be bleak for many migratory species. The good news though,
is that through the hazard reduction component of the Urban Conservation
Treaty for Migratory Birds, cities can be made safer for all birds, migratory
and resident. Refer to Bird Hazards in the application
and reference materials section for a listfor a list.
of hazard reduction projects include:
- Education and outreach campaigns to the general
public, businesses, and building managers, to turn-off lights in and
on tall buildings at night, particularly during migration periods.
- Education and outreach campaign to individuals
of all ages on keeping cats indoors (See National
Programs for a description of American Bird Conservancy's Cats
- Partner with local volunteer organizations
to help conduct regular clean-ups toremoved trash in and near wetlands
- Review city practices on pesticide application.
Consider alternatives, or use less harmful compounds.
- Conduct an education and outreach campaign
to the general public and landscape business owners and employees
on proper types and use of pesticides.
- Educate about local bird nesting periods,
so landscaping activities can be conducted at times that will not
affect nesting birds or their young.