Ensure Toronto Buildings Are Not a Threat to Migratory Birds

Target: City of Toronto

Goal: Create and enforce measures to protect migratory birds flying through Toronto and ensure new buildings are safe for birds

Toronto is one of the most dangerous cities for migratory birds to fly through, due to skyscrapers and industrial buildings built with reflective glass. Because of the striking number of birds increasingly being found dead on Toronto streets, several groups are challenging the city to create stricter measures on building design and bird protection.

Along the Northwestern shore of Lake Ontario, Toronto intersects several major migratory paths. Birds flying south from the northern wilderness come abruptly upon their first obstruction, Toronto’s blockade of skyscrapers adorned with reflective glass. Birds see clouds, sky and trees reflected in the glass and crash headlong into what they assume is habitat.

The Fatal Light Awareness Program estimates that up to nine million birds die from this cause each year. The organization has worked to pass building design measures to protect these birds, but the same kind of lethal materials are being used. It is imperative that migratory birds are not inhibited along their paths; these vital species are responsible for insect control in agriculture and in the wild, along with the pollination of countless plants, both agricultural and wild.

Located at this singular point along major migratory paths, Toronto is responsible for taking a stand and preventing further destruction of these birds. Please demand that the city create and enforce strict building design standards which prioritize the safety of birds and their migratory paths.


Dear City of Toronto,

Up to nine million birds face their death upon Toronto’s skyscrapers along their migratory paths south each year. As the first major structure these birds encounter, the large buildings which create a barrier along Lake Ontario display large faces of reflective glass which deceive and disorient birds, who crash often to their death.

Toronto lies along several major migratory flight paths, and so is disrupting a significant population. These birds are often songbirds and pollinators which humans depend on for agriculture; in addition they are vital for the control of insect populations in agriculture and the wild. The implications of significant die-off of migratory birds are serious.

Buildings currently threatening for birds must be altered, and stricter measures for building design must be created and enforced. Toronto must make the protection of these birds and the safety of their migratory paths a priority.


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Photo credit: Nestor’s Blurrylife via Flickr

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