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, 2021. This 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!