We have completed our first week of the fall 2016 monitoring season and it started with a bang. We have already collected or saved 35 birds in the downtown Pittsburgh area. With ranging species, most of which are warblers, the fall migration season seems to be upon us. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology BirdCast reported that this past week warbler migration has really started getting underway … [Read more...] about Fall 2016 Week 1 Update
While springtime is not as busy as fall, spring migration brings a large number of birds into the area in a short amount of time causing dense groupings to enter the city in quick succession. Adult breeding males and females are heading to their breeding grounds to set up territories. Many migrants travel throughout the night and drop in at first light to refuel after a few hundred … [Read more...] about Spring 2016 Monitoring Update
Autumn is the busiest time of year for BirdSafe Pittsburgh monitors, because during fall migration more birds are moving through than during spring. Breeding adults are moving back to their wintering grounds along with all of the birds that were born this year. In fact, many (but definitely not all!) of the birds our monitors find as victims of window strikes are what we call “hatch-year” birds, … [Read more...] about Mid-fall 2015 monitoring update
BirdSafe Pittsburgh's fall 2015 monitoring season begins Tuesday, September 1. To see how to get involved in what we do, visit our volunteer page. The fall migration is much busier than the spring because of the sheer number of birds moving through. All of the birds that were born this summer are starting out on their first migration, and it is during this time that they are especially … [Read more...] about BirdSafe Pittsburgh Monitoring Efforts to Date
The cover story of Carnegie Magazine's Summer 2015 issue is about our efforts to reduce window collisions. It primarily focuses on the research conducted by the American Bird Conservancy at Powdermill Nature Reserve, where bird-safe glass prototypes are (safely) tested in a flight tunnel. I (Matt Webb) worked on this research in the tunnel for four migration seasons, from Spring 2013 through … [Read more...] about BirdSafe Pittsburgh featured in Summer 2015 issue of Carnegie Magazine!
BirdSafe Pittsburgh's spring 2015 season has passed its one month mark! We began monitoring on April 1 and in the entire month of April, 10 volunteers put in roughly 92 hours walking routes throughout downtown. 26 birds were found in the month of April, of which 4 were found alive. Of these 4 live birds, volunteers were unable to capture 2 of them, and the other two were taken to the Animal Rescue … [Read more...] about End of April update