Measure Would Push Building Designs That Prevent Bird Strikes

Craig Dellimore
April 25, 2019 - 6:00 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago aldermen on Wednesday considered a measure that would encourage bird-friendlier designs in new buildings to reduce the number of collisions the animals have with windows. 

The Bird Friendly Design Ordinance would require many new buildings to be conceived with bird migration in mind.



Backers want to change codes to discourage buildings from having so much clear, reflective glass; and to avoid interior landscaping that is too close to the windows, among other directives.

A volunteer with the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors said she picks up dead birds in the Loop all the time.

Architect Claire Halpin of Studio Gang told the Health and Environmental Protection Committee it’s not that hard or expensive to do. Halpin said her studio’s been doing it for years.

After much testimony, the measure now will go before the Zoning Committee.