Some cities adopting bird-friendly building rules
Associated Press By MICHELLE LOCKE
July 31, 2013 9:06 AM
This undated publicity photo provided by American Bird Conservancy shows a bird-friendly design at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Waterloo that uses a variety of different materials in addition to glass, including panels depicting plants that are the sources of different drugs, in Ontario, Canada. (AP Photo/American Bird Conservancy, Christine Sheppard).
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Birds and buildings can be a fatal combination. The American Bird Conservancy cites studies estimating that hundreds of millions of birds die each year as a result of colliding with walls and windows.
But a movement to make skies a little friendlier is taking flight; some cities and other governments across the country are adopting bird-safety building guidelines on a mandatory or voluntary basis.
One of the latest cities to incorporate bird safety into housing regulations is Oakland, where officials this year revised guidelines originally approved in 2008 to make them more effective.