Visitors stepped into the Royal Ontario Museum this week for a look at a piece of urban history — a layout of dead birds that had collided with Toronto buildings.
The Fatal Light Awareness Program, or appropriately, FLAP, hosts the yearly exhibition using collected corpses of birds that were victims of window collisions. Sounds like messy work.
2400 dead birds, victims of window collisions in Toronto in 2012 on display at the ROM twitter.com/FLAP_TO/status…
— FLAP (@FLAP_TO) March 22, 2013
It's that Toronto, not only its people but its very existence, is deadly to birds.
No wait, that wasn't it.
About a million birds are killed every year after colliding with buildings in Toronto, according to research by FLAP.
Since birds have no concept of glass, reflective windows trick them into thinking there's clear sky before them, when in fact there's an office tower. Birds also become disoriented because of bright lights shining through cities at night, according to the organization.
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The main lesson here is to stick something on your window.