To be truly sustainable we must consider taking steps to protect birds for future generations by reducing both the threats of glass and artificial lighting.
Our current definition of what it takes to support birds by providing food, water, cover, and places to raise young must also include provisions to help them see glass and to work toward keeping our natural night sky free of harmful light pollution.
Additionally, providing stopover sites where birds can rest and refuel can help to limit how much a bird will need to move around an urban landscape in search of these things. This may be a factor in reducing mortality by significantly reducing the opportunity for a bird to come into contact with additional glass.
Every citizen has a role to play in reversing this unfortunate trend of high-volume, fatal collisions with man-made structures of otherwise healthy, migrating, resident, and diverse bird life into a trend toward real sustainability. We can re-examine what it takes to live in harmony with the natural world.
“Nature can win if we give her a chance…” -Jane Goodall