St. Charles Natural Resources Commission encourages residents to ‘dim the lights for the birds at night’ – Shaw Local

Light pollution and its impact on migratory birds is at the center of World Migratory Bird Day 2022, which will be celebrated around the world on Saturday.

Migratory birds may be confused by bright lights. To help, the St. Charles Natural Resources Commission encourages St. Charles residents to reduce the amount of light outside their homes, use warm lighting, and direct lights down to the ground instead of up. sky.

Residents are asked to turn off their exterior lights from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in support of World Migratory Bird Day. Light pollution attracts and disorients nocturnal migrating birds, making them vulnerable to collisions and other hazards.

Artificial light also impacts birds during the breeding and winter seasons, disrupting feeding and other vital behaviors.

“We encourage the community of St. Charles to participate in this global awareness event,” Natural Resources Commissioner Suzi Myers said in a City of St. Charles press release. “If you can, we’re asking residents to turn off their lights outside their homes for one hour on October 8.”

The overall mission of World Migratory Bird Day is to raise awareness of migratory birds and issues related to their conservation. The campaign highlights the importance of international cooperation and encourages national and local action to protect migratory birds.

More information is available at worldmigratorybirdday.org.

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