On this episode of Wildlife Weekly, host Jackie Edmunds of the Dane County Humane Society Wildlife Center, talks to us about bird strikes.
She states that as we live in a very urban part of Wisconsin, birds hitting our windows are a common occurrence. This is due to us being in the Midwest Flyway, which is a route that birds take on migration. Tall buildings and shiny glass coupled with the migration route makes it so birds can sometimes hit our windows.
When birds see the reflection of a tree in our windows,they try to fly to the tree. This ends with them hitting the window. This can cause the bird to be stunned, or fracture its skull or wing.
Here are some preventative measures that can help save a bird from hitting your window: hang feeders from your window, put shades on your windows, or apply decals on the windows.
If you see a bird that seems to be hurt you can call your local wildlife center to get help for it. You can call the Dane County Wildlife Center at (608) 287-3235 if you need a referral to a center near you.