There are a lot of advantages in having an urban forest, and Winnipeg is no exception. One of the biggest draws is the abundance of wildlife, and that includes a variety of different birds in summer and winter. Many Winnipeggers love to attract these birds to their yards using bird feeders, houses, baths, and other accessories. That’s all well and good – until the birds fly into your window. Hundreds of millions of birds die from window collisions in the United States alone – we can extrapolate from that and guess pretty confidently that billions die from window collisions each year. Fortunately, there are a few ways to prevent these deaths.
- Rearrange Your Home’s Interior
There are a number of reasons why birds might fly into your window – one of them is that they see plants inside your home, and don’t realize that the window is an obstacle. They fly towards the plants and hit the window. Moving your plants away from the window, and thus away from a bird’s view, can help limit collisions. You can also focus on putting the blinds down in order to deter birds.
- Rearrange Your Home’s Exterior
This one is a bit counterintuitive, but hear us out: move your bird feeder/house/bath closer to your window. Birds are very precise flyers, so there’s no real risk of them overshooting and hitting the window. Should they decide that your window looks appealing, they won’t be flying fast enough to hurt themselves if what they’re perched on is only a few feet away. This solution means you can keep attracting birds to your yard without risking damage to them or your windows.
- Stick Stuff On/Near Your Windows
The reason birds are flying into your windows is because they don’t realize there’s a solid object between them and the inside of your house, or because they see a reflection of the outside in the window. Sticking tape or decals onto your windows will dissuade birds from flying into them. You can also put wind chimes right outside your windows as an obstacle between them and the birds.
- Netting and Exterior Shutters
There’s exterior netting available to stop birds from colliding with your windows; the stuff is relatively inexpensive and it can be custom-fit to your windows. You can also get shutters installed and they double as a great way to conserve energy. Close them when you’re away and there’s no chance birds will fly into your windows.
- Get Patterned/Tinted Windows
One of the most permanent solutions is to purchase windows with patterns on them, so it’s obvious to birds that they can’t just fly through them – this can be one of the more aesthetically pleasing options, too. We offer window replacement in Winnipeg, so if you’re interested in what patterns we can offer and how they can help deter bird collisions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!