Tragic Bird Collision: Over 1,000 Birds Killed in One Day in Chicago

The incident occurred during fall migration near McCormick Place.

This marks the highest single-day bird strike count recorded.

Weather conditions and light pollution contributed to collisions.

Birds often collide and continue flying with severe injuries.

Up to a billion birds die annually from window collisions.

Birds provide essential ecosystem services.

Chicago's light pollution poses a significant threat to birds.

The Lights Out Chicago program aims to reduce bird fatalities.

Visual markers on glass can help prevent collisions.

Bird-friendly policies, like retrofits, are being considered.

Urgent action is needed to protect migrating birds in urban areas.