Engaging New Stakeholders to Reduce Risks to Migrating Birds in NYC
This project aims to improve habitat for migratory birds in New York City by mitigating window collisions. Since 1997, Project Safe Flight has identified collision hotspots and worked with 10 buildings to reduce collisions, resulting in the modification of five sites so far. With the help of innovative digital communication methods, NYC Audubon proposes to engage two new groups of stakeholders in reducing collisions: Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and the street sweepers they employ, and landscape architects. Project leaders will work with BIDs to enlist sweepers to report dead and injured birds by text message to volunteer monitors, improving the accuracy of the data, and to raise awareness of Project Safe Flight among building owners and managers. They will hold workshops and organize an online forum to engage landscape architects in bird-friendly aspects of sustainable design. This project is being led by Susan Elbin.