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Avian Awareness Comes to Campus

November 14, 2021
Photo of bird friendly glass on Penn's campus

Migratory bird populations as well as those feathered friends who are our West Philadelphia neighbors are getting increased consideration in Penn’s built environment. Studies show that birds are often unable to recognize the see-through and sky-reflecting glass of urban buildings, crashing into them at fatal speeds. To address this tragedy on campus, the FRES Landscape Architecture Group in partnership with Audubon Pennsylvania and Penn Sustainability, members of the Penn student body, faculty, and staff are working together to make Penn’s campus more environmentally conscious by reducing the number of bird strikes. A few bird awareness programs have been started to educate the Penn community about bird behaviors and encourage bird watching on campus. Other programs are actively working to reduce bird strikes, including recently publishing Bird Friendly Design Guidelines for new building and applicable renovation projects and a Student Eco-Reps project focused on bird awareness on campus. Read more about these activities and guidelines on Penn Sustainability's Bird Friendly Design page.

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