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Tips for Reducing Strikes at Home

Orange-crowned Warbler - mary coolidge
Orange-crowned Warbler - mary coolidge
Tips for reducing strikes at home:

  • Move bird feeders & bird baths away from (>30 feet) or closer to (<3 feet) windows.
  • Move houseplants away from windows where strikes are common.
  • Apply patterns or decals to the outside of windows 4-10” apart.
  • Stretch thin netting or other material over the outside of the window
  • Apply cords to the outside of the window: www.birdsavers.com
  • Apply a window film like CollidEscape to the outside of the window
  • Use tape to create stripes: 1 inch vertical white tape, 4” apart OR one inch horizontal tape 2” apart. Streaks of soap or paint may also work. 
  • Plant trees or shrubs near the window to interrupt or cut down reflections
  • Let your windows stay dirty: they’re more visible that way!
  • Stick "post-it" notes to the outside of the window
  • Installing awnings to reduce reflection
  • Turn off unnecessary lights seasonally from dusk till dawn, mid March through early June (spring migration) and late August through mid-November (fall migration)

Portland Audubon Birds and Windows Brochure (pdf)

American Bird Conservancy bird collision solutions flier

If a bird hits your window, observe it before handling. Some strike victims recover after initially being stunned. If the bird is in imminent danger (i.e., a lurking cat), place it in a box and place it in a safe and quiet place. Check the bird in one hour. If it is alert, active and able to fly, release it immediately. If the bird is still having trouble, you may bring it to the Wildlife Care Center (open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. every day, 503-292-0304).

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