Take the Pledge to Go Lights Out!
Pledge to help reduce light pollution in Portland, and save energy, save birds, and see stars.Learn More
How Do Lights Out Programs Help Birds?
Many birds migrate at night in order to avoid predation, maximize daylight foraging hours, and use celestial cues for navigation.
Bright city lights lure these nighttime migrants into urban areas and confuse them by obscuring the stars that they rely on to navigate. Once trapped in the windowed maze of the city, birds may hit buildings directly or circle buildings until they collapse from exhaustion.
Contact Your Representatives
We also want to underscore the importance of taking action on the form letter to advocate for thoughtful consideration of how we light our built landscape. Together, we can send a strong message to decision makers about creating regional standards to decrease light pollution.
Learn more about this issue here, and help us keep migrating birds on their path, improve human health, and let the stars shine brightly over our city.