Window Tinting News: San Francisco’s Bold Initiative to Prevent Bird Strikes

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Article about the growing trend among homeowners to have window film professionally installed, not only for the sun protection, but also to protect from bird strikes.

Window Film Magazine just recently did an article about the growing trend among homeowners to have window film professionally installed, not only for the sun protection, but also to protect from bird strikes. This is really the first time that I’ve had the opportunity to research the subject for ClimatePro, and what I found was really eye-opening.

As the article mentions, According to the American Bird Conservancy, an estimated 300 million to 1 billion birds die each year from collisions with glass on everything, from skyscrapers to homes. That is a startling amount of birds, isn’t it? From what I could find, the only other element that kills more birds are their age-old enemy, Felis catus or the common household cat. Christine Sheppard, bird collisions campaign manager for the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) notes that “Birds can’t see glass [and] they don’t understand the same cues [humans do]. They treat the world very literally. If they see trees on the other side of a glass wall, they don’t know there’s an obstacle and if they see the reflection of a tree in glass, they don’t know that they can’t fly to it. They slam into the glass and many of them die right away.”

If you’ve ever had a bird slam into your window, it can be a frightening thing for both you and the poor bird. Thankfully, there are measures you can take to prevent this from happening. I’ve prepared this handy infographic with some details that you might find useful.

For residents of San Francisco, there is a special initiative in place to encourage homeowners to incorporate preventative measures against bird strikes. In 2011, the San Francisco Planning Department successfully passed the “Bird-Friendly Monitoring and Certification Program”. This program provides buildings with the necessary resources so that they can be designated as a “Certified Bird-Friendly Building.” The San Francisco Planning Department has made provision for buildings built prior to 2011 to voluntarily comply with these new standards. However, for buildings constructed after 2011, the standards are mandatory. According to the new policy, a building can be designated as “Bird-Friendly” when at least 75 percent of windows have been treated with window film.

For homeowners, the risks of birds colliding with windows is just as real. The San Francisco Chronicle recently reported that homeowners are also being asked to become more cognizant of this growing danger. The planning office is asking residents to check around their home at least once a week for birds that have been injured or killed. Residents who participant are encouraged to record their findings on the city’s website so city planners can track the most dangerous areas for birds.

Residential volunteers who participate will get a decal certifying them as a “bird-friendly resident”. They can also be entered in a raffle with prizes that are still to be determined. Plus, they can receive both advice and subsidies for window treatments to help reduce bird collisions. If you are a San Francisco resident who would like to get a jump on the window tinting protection, contact us for more information. I’m also including the Standard for Bird Safe Buildings with this post. You can read it and download a copy below. More information from the city of San Francisco can be found here.

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