During spring and fall, migrant birds begin their journeys. Across the United States, birds travel corridors of travel, called flyways. One of the routes, the Mississippi flyway, brings thousands of birds through the Chicago area during the migratory seasons. The migrants are equipped to fly for many miles but still require food, water and shelter throughout their journey. To meet their needs, the birds follow Lake Michigan’s shoreline.
As the birds make their way through the Chicago area, often at night, many will stop to rest and forage. Several buildings have taken steps to deter collisions by eliminating lighting and reducing the enticing effects of atriums and windows. Others have not.
As a result, migrant birds continue to collide with building’s windows and other transparent surfaces while searching for food and shelter. Some are stunned, some are injured, and some may even die on the city’s sidewalks after these collisions.
The Chicago Bird Collision Monitors is an all volunteer conservation group committed to saving migrant birds. The group has partnered with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn to rehabilitate the injured birds.
To learn more about the partnership and conservation efforts, call Willowbrook Wildlife Center at 630-942-6200.