- The Washington Times - Monday, November 1, 2004

CHICAGO (UPI) — Bird lovers in Chicago are attempting to re-educate architects about the consequences of their glass-draped buildings.

The Chicago Ornithological Society has acknowledged progress in saving birds’ lives in the past five years by having high-rise buildings turn out lights at night, but has turned its attention to the number of birds killed by hitting glass during the day.

“Birds don’t understand — clear glass is like air to them,” Randi Doeker, president of the society, told the Chicago Sun-Times.

The group has organized a conference in March for planners and architects, during which more bird-friendly solutions will be presented. Some city architects already are aware of the hazard.

“Preventing bird strikes is a new, emerging field for architects,” said Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects. “No one paid attention until now.”

In her studio, a window for viewing birds is slightly angled so it reflects the ground. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago pasted hawk shapes on its windows. Ground-floor windows of the Blue Cross Blue Shield building have a pattern of little dots.

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