Dallas skyline dimming lights to protect migratory birds

Texas skyline dimming lights to protect migratory birds

DALLAS — The Dallas skyline is dimming in an effort to save the lives of migratory birds.

According to ornithologists, nearly a billion birds die a year because they crash into buildings. As other issues factor into the rapid bird population decline, wildlife experts are hoping that the “Lights Out Texas” campaign to reduce light pollution through Oct. 10 can help.

During the fall, a massive migration of nearly two billion birds passes through the Lone Star State. Their travel takes place at night, but because the birds are attracted to light, they are at risk of colliding into illuminated buildings.

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“Here in Texas, we love our birds,” former First Lady Laura Bush said in a video on social media supporting the Lights Out Texas campaign. “And we want to ensure their flight through our state is harmless.”

Tonight, 594 million birds will take flight across the U.S. as part of the fall migration, and 1 out of every 5 will fly...

Posted by Laura W. Bush on Monday, September 28, 2020