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Lights Out Portland

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When: Sep 21, 2018 07:40 PM to Sep 22, 2018 06:30 AM

Turn off your lights to raise awareness about light pollution! Lights Out Portland is a one-night event in which residential households and commercial buildings dim their lighting in order to raise awareness about the impact of light pollution on migrating birds, about wasted energy in the form of light thrown up into the sky, and about preserving our ability to see stars from our homes in the city.

Mark your calendar for the third annual Lights Out Portland, a one-night event in which residential households and commercial buildings dim their lighting in order to raise awareness about the impact of light pollution on migrating birds, about wasted energy in the form of light thrown up into the sky, and about preserving our ability to see stars from our homes in the city. 

In past years, over 2,000 households and 18 of Portland’s iconic buildings have participated in the citywide effort to save energy, save birds, and see stars! 

We are also lobbying City Council to fund a light pollution ordinance. Please send them an email to let them know that Portlanders truly value preservation of dark skies. Lights Out Portland pairs well with National Audubon and National Geographic’s 2018 Year of the Bird campaign in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Monthly calls to action invite people to participate in the celebration by taking a few simple steps to help birds. September’s Call to Action is Help Birds on their Journey, focusing on the plight of migrating birds and efforts we can each make to help reduce window collisions and curb the impacts of light pollution.

Nocturnal migrants that use the moon and stars to navigate can be drawn off course when passing over domes of skyglow that functionally blot out their starry guideposts.

Once in lit areas, birds can collide with buildings or succumb to myriad of other hazards that the city presents, including windows, cats, and cars.

But take heart! There are simple things that we can all do at home to help birds navigate the built landscape:

  • Let us know that you plan to participate in Lights Out this year! Then turn off your lights on September 21 and get out to see the stars!
  • Take the Pledge to Go Lights Out
  • Help us lobby City Council for a light pollution ordinance
  • Visit National Geographic to find out how you can help the birds in your community this month (and every month!). 
Star Party
Photo by Harun Mehmedinovic
 
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