Keeping Your Windows Safe for Birds

Each year, the Wildlife Center admits a variety of songbirds and raptors that crash into windows.  While this occurs year-round, many window-strike patients are admitted in the fall and winter at the Wildlife Center. The Center also receives numerous calls about birds with impact injuries that never make it into the Center–some recover within a matter of minutes, others don’t survive the collision.

If you find that birds are striking a particular window in your home, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has information on how to assess the problem.  Is the window reflecting the landscape behind it?  Is there another window on the opposite side of the house, creating the illusion that birds can fly through?  Getting a “birds-eye view” will be an important first step in solving the problem.

If you do see a bird strike a window, you can help it by placing it in a box and leaving it in a quiet, dark place.  In 60 minutes, take the box outside and open it up to see if the bird flies away.  Many times birds that strike windows are just stunned and simply need a quiet dark place away from predators to recover.  If you open the box and the bird does not fly away, call the Wildlife Center of Virginia for help or locate your closest permitted bird rehabilitator.

For other rescue advice and ways to help wildlife, please visit our “I Need Rescue Advice!” page.