When you're getting a bird, one of the first things you want to know (as with any pet) is how to make your house safe for your new bundle of joy. And one of the first things you'll read is that all windows and mirrors must be covered when the bird is flying around. This is because they are confusing things, and the bird won't understand and will run into them and probably break their neck.
Well, that's what the books say. The walls of my house are 90% mirrors because the man who made it was just a little bit unstable. My three birds are free-flying, but we've never had a collision. They understand that the mirrors (and the glass back door) is a solid surface. And trust me, if my cockatiel, who is not the brightest bulb in the box, can understand this I have to believe that most birds could learn it.
But for wild birds, learning about mirrors isn't an option, and their high-speed collisions with glass skyscrapers result in millions of deaths every year. While this problem has largely gone unnoticed by the general public, the FLAP organization in Toronto lauched an aggressive advertising campaign this year. And now we have great news!
Toronto is going to be the first city in North America to have regulations on new buildings to make them more bird-friendly. Check it out.
It's small but it's a good start!
I'm going to post about the adopt-a-thon weekend but I had to share this good news first :)