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Bird Collision Reporting Mobile App : A Partner Project Between FLAP Canada and UBC SEEDS Program Crombie, Merle


Bird collisions with urban structures is a widespread phenomenon in North America (and internationally), and represents the 2nd leading cause of bird mortality, killing an estimated 365 – 998 million birds annually (Loss et al., 2014). A recent investigation of bird collision frequencies at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, BC, Canada, showed that birds frequently collide with campus structures (Porter and Huang, 2015). In response to this finding, UBC’s SEEDs Program (Social Ecological Economic Development Studies) partnered with FLAP Canada (Fatal Light Awareness Program), to launch a mobile application to facilitate citizen-collected bird collision data with hopes that this information could be used to reduce collision-related mortality in birds, including at UBC. FLAP Canada is a non-profit organization aimed at conserving birds through reducing collision rates with urban structures via education, outreach, research, and consulting (FLAP Canada 2016). The overall goal of this project was to launch a mobile application of a currently existing website hosted by FLAP Canada called FLAP Mapper, which is a web-based tool to report bird collisions. It was anticipated that this goal would be met by the recruitment of a volunteer skilled in app development, and/or by hiring a private app developer, conditional on funding. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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