Lights Out Texas...Lights Out for Our Birds

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Lights Out Texas...Lights Out for Our Birds


Besides bringing us beautiful flowers and warmer weather, Spring is the time of year when many of our winged friends are making their annual migration to their summer homes. 


However, because many of the 2 billion birds that will pass through Texas do so at night, lights from tall buildings and our homes can disorient them, causing them to fly into the buildings. 


400 birds died in May 2017 when flying low because of stormy weather, they collided with a 23-floor building.


Houston’s Mayor and the Houston Audubon Society are asking that we turn off any non-essential lights from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. from April 19 to May 7, 2021This is the peak of the season when the birds are traveling through the Central Flyway, which includes Texas. 


Just today we saw an Indigo Bunting at our feeder! This beautiful bird is a Circum-Gulf Migrant meaning they hug the coastline of the Gulf of Mexico. 



Our oranges are out while we wait for the Oriole-a Trans-Gulf Migrant- to pass through. These migrants cross the Gulf of Mexico from the Yucatan Peninsula. 


You can learn more about Lights Out Programs in your area!  


If you have bird feeders and birdbaths be sure to keep them clean and full!!!


Lights Out, Texas!





Comments (23)

Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun /

I honestly did not know birds flew at night. . Great information, thanks for sharing.  Make it the best Friday.  The weekend is almost here.  Bill Salvatore

Apr 23, 2021 04:55 AM
Kathy Streib

bill- I've learned a lot about birds in the last few years. 

Apr 23, 2021 05:26 PM
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for sharing Kathy!

Besides bringing us beautiful flowers and warmer weather, Spring is the time of year when many of our winged friends are making their annual migration to their summer homes.

Apr 23, 2021 05:00 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Sham- you are very welcome. Thank you!

Apr 23, 2021 05:30 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

The lights out program sounds like a great idea. I had no idea they traveled at night!

Apr 23, 2021 05:18 AM
Kathy Streib

Kat- I didn't know that either but there's a lot I've learned lately. 

Apr 23, 2021 05:30 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Bird watching is so much fun!  I have noticed that when entering a listing into the Vacasa system, one of the desired activities is bird watching!

Apr 23, 2021 05:24 AM
Kathy Streib

Wow Brian- that's great to hear.  we saw a group  from the Audubon Society of Houston that gook a group of bird watchers out. 

Apr 23, 2021 05:35 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Kathy - I am also wondering if the dark buildings will be a problem for the birds but maybe they can handle that.

Apr 23, 2021 05:48 AM
Kathy Streib

Grant- it's like in Delray when they asked people along the shore to turn their lights off during Sea Turtle season. 

Apr 23, 2021 05:38 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That's not anything that we would have been familiar with in our area.  Hope they travel safely 

Apr 23, 2021 06:00 AM
Kathy Streib

HI Ed- I hope so too. Can you imagine the trek they take across the Gulf Coast. 

Apr 23, 2021 05:38 PM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Good morning Kathy, I love to watch the birds and butterflies. Your mayor has a great suggestion, I will certainly be mindful of this in the future. Thanks for sharing.

Apr 23, 2021 06:11 AM
Kathy Streib

HI Beth- I'm sure that the cities along the Fly Way are asking their residents to help!

Apr 23, 2021 05:40 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Although I think you have one of the worst mayors in the USA, in this he is correct. How hard is it for us to turn out lights during this critical period? (and you save some $$$$)

Apr 23, 2021 06:31 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Jeffrey- I am in total agreement with everything you said!

Apr 23, 2021 05:41 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

As a long time bird lover I didn't know about this. What a wonderful idea.  Never knew there were that many birds either. Amazing.  

Apr 23, 2021 07:08 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Sharon- guess what...4 eggs in our nest at home. 

Apr 23, 2021 05:44 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great program to save the migration of birds.  Now, you have me wondering if our city does that?  On the research path once again.  A

Apr 23, 2021 07:54 AM
Kathy Streib

LOL- Ron and Alexandra- we also  had a lights-out program in Delray beach for the Sea Turtles.

Apr 23, 2021 05:45 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Kathy! I wonder how the ornithologists came to find that solution

Apr 23, 2021 07:55 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Rocky- when enough birds were getting killed, I'd imagine. 

Apr 23, 2021 05:46 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow Kathy, I did not know that lights have that much affects on birds at night.  Thanks for the information.


Apr 23, 2021 08:32 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Will- Our lights are going out tonight before 11. 

Apr 23, 2021 05:47 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, I would have thought their eyesight was as good as animals.  Interesting to hear this!  

Apr 23, 2021 11:53 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Joan- most have excellent eyesight but they can get disoriented by the lights. 

Apr 23, 2021 05:48 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

How interesting Kathy. I never heard of a lights out program for birds.  I'll look into it.  Makes sense to me towards the downtown areas that have tall buildings.  I am so looking forward to 'our' birds coming back this year.  We typically have dozens of different birds for the summer.  Kind of quiet so far......just a few.

Apr 23, 2021 03:01 PM
Kathy Streib

Anna= our cute warblers have already gone and today saw two Orioles!!!

Apr 23, 2021 05:49 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy I never knew this about birds.  Learned something new today.

Apr 23, 2021 03:17 PM
Kathy Streib

George- they are fascinating creatures. 

Apr 23, 2021 05:49 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

Interesting, never knew that birds, other than bats, flew at night

Apr 24, 2021 12:34 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376


What an interesting post I had no idea - Birds are so beautiful let's keep them safe 

Apr 24, 2021 12:45 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I had no idea that lighting at night could disorient birds.  I learned something new today.

Apr 24, 2021 03:23 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Apr 24, 2021 03:38 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I had no idea about any of this. Learned something new today, thank you!

Apr 27, 2021 07:02 AM