Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Light pollution's ongoing toll on migratory birds
This past Sunday the Washington Post magazine's cover story asked the question "Can the carnage caused by city skylines be stopped?" We know that it most certainly can if we respond with political will and grassroots support for policies and practices that reverse our indiscriminate use of excessive, unnecessary, and poorly designed lighting. Light pollution affects wildlife both as direct sources in their immediate environment and as skyglow that erases the celestial compass. Volunteers with city "Lights Out" campaigns spend their early morning hours collecting the avian victims of our addiction to artificial light at night, providing crucial scientific documentation and data. Read the Post magazine story here and learn more about the Fatal Light Awareness Project here.