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WHAT’S THE ‘FLAP’ ALL ABOUT?

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1FLAPGRAPHIC (1)One has only to log on to their website www.flap.org to fully understand what the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) is all about.

There, at the top right hand corner of their Home Page is a silhouette of a bird on its back. Beside it is a digital counter. 30,765 is the estimated number of migratory birds that have died in window collisions across North America as I write this. The counter doesn’t stop. The numbers keep climbing.

That is the cold hard truth that FLAP CANADA battles with every day. They are the first organization in the world to address the issue of birds in collisions with buildings and are constantly working to safeguard migratory birds in the urban environment through education, policy development, research, rescue and rehabilitation.

Across North America, the estimated number of migrating birds killed annually in collisions with buildings ranges from 100 million to 1 billion birds.

Many ornithologists now claim that collisions with human-built structures are the leading cause of migratory bird mortality in North America. North America sits beneath four of the world’s busiest migratory bird corridors: the Pacific, Central, Mississippi and Atlantic Flyways. The Mississippi and Atlantic Flyways send birds across and around the Great Lakes. This natural passage offers visual cues for birds to follow and provides major stopover areas where birds rest and feed throughout their journey. Tragically, coastlines that were once unobstructed to migration are now obstructed by the tall, lighted office towers and reflective buildings of our urban areas—a deadly obstacle course for migrating birds.

HOW FLAP HELPS MIGRATING BIRDS

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The Fatal Light Awareness Program is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors, and sustained by the tremendous efforts of approximately 100 dedicated volunteers. Since 1993, volunteers have picked up tens of thousands of injured or dead birds from 167 species in the Toronto region alone. Sadly, about 60% of the birds recovered by FLAP are found dead. Over 80% of the injured birds rescued by FLAP volunteers are rehabilitated and released back into the wild.

LEARN HOW YOU CAN HELP 

Join us Monday May 30 at 7:15 PM for A43 – WHAT’S THE FLAP ALL ABOUT? PalomaplantPaloma Plant, a founding member and the project coordinator for the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) Canada, will talk about this migratory bird rescue and advocacy group. The Fatal Light Awareness Program is sustained by a terrific group of volunteers. FLAP was the first organization in the world to raise concerns about bird collisions. They have instigated many changes to building design and lighting in urban areas. Paloma Plant is one of 3 staff, and is responsible for all the public outreach and education programs, as well as coordinating the more than 90 volunteers and all rescue activities for the building collision monitoring programs that FLAP has pioneered since its inception in 1993. She has been working with wildlife in one capacity or another for over 25 years, and is also a founding member of OWREN, the Ontario Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Network. She lives with her family and pets in a rural community where she can enjoy birds in a more relaxed setting.

 

A43 – 7:15 pm MONDAY MAY 30 – WHAT’S THE FLAP ALL ABOUT?

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