National Audubon Society calls for ‘Lights Out’ after ‘mass mortality’ event of migratory birds

Light pollution in Houston can be seen from aboard the International Space Station. 

Houston can help save countless birds from a sudden and violent death – all with the flip of a switch. Migratory birds heading south for the winter are becoming disoriented and dying in mass mortality events due to bright city lights, according to—a website dedicated to tracking and providing public information on bird migration.

Year after year, migratory patterns are disrupted by light pollution, akin to driving toward someone with their high beams on, only hundreds of feet in the air. The fix is easy, advocates with the National Audubon Society say: If we all turned off non-essential lights at night, birds will migrate more easily. 

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