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Decorating U of M windows with window decals and liquid chalk to protect birds in areas identified as high risk.

Decorating U of M windows to help deter birds from hitting them.

Global News: U of M staff and students use artwork to prevent fatal bird collisions

September 21, 2018 — 

A group of bird researchers and artists at the University of Manitoba are painting campus windows in the hope of lowering the number of birds killed each year.

A number of windows that have been identified as being in high-risk areas are being decorated with liquid chalk and window decals.

“Recent research has shown that about 25 million birds a year are killed by windows in Canada, which is a very surprising and staggering number,” biology professor Kevin Fraser told Global News Thursday.

Fraser said dead birds are found on campus on a daily basis. A big reason, he said, is because birds can’t tell the difference between a real tree and a reflection…The group hopes to not only save birds on campus, but to inspire homeowners to decorate their windows as well.

Read the full story and watch the video from Global here

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