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Longitudinal Bird strike monitoring : UBC Buchanan Building Hardy, Emily


Bird-window collisions are the second leading cause of bird fatalities in the United States, accounting for billions of deaths each year. This study aimed to determine how many bird-window collisions occurred at the University of British Columbia's Buchanan complex, using a modified methodology created by Hager and Cosentino ( 2014). We collected data and surveyed for eight weeks and found evidence of at least thirty-three bird-window collisions. The buildings that accounted for the most collisions were Buchanan A, C and D, specifically facades twenty-five, thirteen, and ten. Contributing factors that make these facades the most problematic include the presence of vegetation. We also found that our results this year were similar to last year. However, there were critical differences in collision types and which facades accounted for collisions. Future management solutions would include applying the feather-friendly decal to Buchanan C, facade thirteen, as it was responsible for the most significant number of collisions. 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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