Some duke students from the Nicholas School of the Environment are concerned about this issue and have started a project to estimate the number of birds that die due to window strikes on campus, identify high risk buildings, and implement a solution to the issue.
This effort is Led by Natalia Ocampo-Peñuela, a PhD student at the Nicholas School, and Nicolette Cagle, an instructor of several natural history classes at the same school. Master students and undergraduates volunteer for this joint effort.
Read more about bird-window collisions at Duke on this Chronicle article
We are currently carrying out a survey around six buildings on Duke’s West campus to identify high risk buildings. During these surveys, which are carried out at migration peak months (April and October), volunteers visit the buildings every day for 21 consecutive days in search for carcasses. Additionally, we carry out informal censuses year-round and receive birds from other students who find carcasses around their buildings.
North American campuses Assessment
Duke University has recently joined a North American wide bird window collisions campus assessment led by Augustana professors Steve Hager and Bradley Cosentino. Last year, 19 campuses participated in this assessment (check out this map!), for 2014 Duke University and several other campuses will join too. Our participation in this collaborative project is key due our campus’ location. We are located on the Atlantic flyway, one of the main migratory route, and we are the only campus in North Carolina to participate in the project. We hope to get other campuses on board
Once we have finished the assessment of bird deaths and high risk buildings, we will work with the Duke administration to install bird deterrents and prevent collisions. Check out these two websites with suggestions on how to prevent collisions for commercial and residential buildings: FLAP and American Bird Conservancy.
This project is open for volunteers. If you want to volunteer please contact us