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Bird vs. Building: Portraits of Flight Gone Wrong

Miranda Brandon’s horrifying, inspiring images recreate the collision of bird with building. Look for the Bird’s Eye View advertisement on the back cover of this highly relevant issue of Audubon Magazine.…
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When You’re a Bird, the World Always Looks Psychedelic

Very interesting article just out describing how birds share a type of ‘super vision’ that makes their world look way more psychedelic than yours or mine due to seeing into the ultraviolet light range. How is it possible for birds to see ultraviolet? The human retina contains three types of photoreceptors, also known as cones, which allow us to distinguish red, yellow, and blue, and all their different combinations. Birds have these three types of cones as well, plus one more cone type that allows them to see ultraviolet. They also have colored……
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Stressed young birds stop learning from their parents and turn to wider flock

Interesting study from the University of Cambridge. Juvenile zebra finches that experience high stress levels will ignore how their own parents forage and instead learn such skills from other, unrelated adults. This may help young birds avoid inheriting a poor skillset from parents—the likely natural cause of their stress—and becoming trapped by a ‘bad start in life.’ To read the entire article, visit the Science Daily website.…
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Our full page ad in Audubon Magazine is out!

We have been busy getting our Bird’s Eye View product produced and packaged in anticipation of the print advertising campaign we have been preparing over the past few weeks. Our full page ad in Audubon just came out this week and we are excited to talk with other bird enthusiasts calling in about our product. Tanja and Dan in our customer service are available Monday through Friday from 7 to 5pm PST to answer any of your questions and would also be happy to take your orders. Please write us a review too, we would like to share your experience with……
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Our Recommended Online Bird Guides

There are several bird guides found online but two really stand out to us as being very easy to use, comprehensive, and also have a nice overall design. The first is found on the Audubon website (www.audubon.org/field-guide). We like how you can immediate select the Taxonomic Family and Region from drop down menu tabs at the top of the site. Once you locate the bird you are searching for, the page displays with beautiful photography along with maps and details such as feeding behavior, eggs, diet, nesting, migration, etc. As you would expect from……
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Federal Bird-Safe Buildings Act Would Outfit Federal Buildings with Bird-Friendly Features

Illinois congressman Mike Quigley introduced a bill last week that would require the General Services Administration to integrate design features that are safer for birds. The law would limit the use of glass in lower stories and incorporate netting, screens and window patterns to make sure birds are fully prepared for what lies ahead. Any glass material near areas where birds like to congregate – such as water or plants – would be outfitted with similar bird-safety features. In addition, bird mortality would be monitored at federal……
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Audubon’s Annual Photo Contest

Audubon recently announced the winners of their 6th annual photography contest. There were more than 2,300 participants and nearly 9000 images entered in this year’s contest. The categories include Amateur, Professional, Fine Art, and Youth. The founder of our company comes from a photography background and we appreciate unique and beautiful photos of birds. These are among the best we have seen! View all the award-winning images.…
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The EREN Bird-window Collisions Project

An interesting scientific research study is ongoing testing the hypothesis that the magnitude of bird window collisions (BWCs) within and among urban areas reflects landscape structure and functional connectivity. Basically the study is a collaboration among numerous sites in North America to examine the relationship of buildings and their unique surrounding environment and how these factors affect the amount of BWCs. It is an interesting study lead by Stephan B. Hagar, Department of Biology, Augustana College, Illinois and Bradley J. Cosentino,……
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Birds can see ultraviolet (UV) light

Since the early 1970s, when a researcher first discovered that pigeons can see UV light, scientist have discovered that many bird species can see UV light. Scientists have also learned that the bird’s feathers or ‘plumage’ also reflect UV light. Subsequent studies over the past decades have revealed that birds use their power of UV vision many number of ways from choosing mates, to finding food, and even raising their chicks. This UV vision is one of the reasons that Bird’s Eye View is so effective in helping to prevent……
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Portland’s Columbia Building

A highly publicized issue has come up locally regarding Portland’s Columbia Building and bird window strikes on the building’s glass windows. The newly built Columbia Building has been touted for its green construction standards but lacking a bird-friendly design. The number of bird deaths has both the Audubon Society of Portland and city employees taking steps to document the issue and begin to develop solutions. We hope our new Bird’s Eye View can be part of the ultimate solution… To read more about it, click here.…
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