Lights Out Cleveland

photo of the Cleveland skyline by flickr/Erik Drost

 

With support from The Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Lake Erie Nature and Science Center, the Lights Out program has expanded throughout Cleveland in 2017.

 

Local Partners

Cleveland Museum of Natural History – CMNH has been instrumental in helping to get a Lights Out program established in Cleveland. The Museum houses birds that were killed during migration in their scientific collection.

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center – LENSC has been the major catalyst in the volunteer monitoring program. All injured birds are taken to the center for rehabilitation and release into the wild. LENSC successfully released over 100 birds during spring 2017 alone.

Cleveland Metroparks – Metroparks of Cleveland help to organize volunteers for the monitoring effort in downtown Cleveland. Visit their website to find out how you can become an official metroparks volunteer!

Akron Zoo – While we work to expand Lights Out through the Akron area, the Akron Zoo has been a major supporter of the Lights Out Cleveland initiative.

 

Map of Participating Buildings

*coming soon*

 

Gallery of Participating Buildings

*coming soon*

 

Volunteer Monitoring Program

We need your help! Each year, millions of migrating birds are killed by building collisions in the U.S. A recent review of published studies suggested that between 365 and 988 million birds are killed annually. Although we all enjoy the beauty of Cleveland’s skyline, many are unaware of the impact these buildings have on our beautiful migrating birds. Many of the warblers, orioles, thrushes, and other songbirds migrate through Cleveland at night, using the stars to orient their flight. When there is fog or a cloud layer, birds are no longer able to see the stars and can mis-orient and start tracking artificial lights, particularly around tall buildings.

By dimming the building’s lights during the peak of spring and fall migration, we can save many birds each year.

Light’s Out Cleveland is a group of local partnering organizations working together to create awareness about the effects brightly lit buildings have on nocturnally migrating birds. Through this awareness we will create change and save migrating birds’ lives.

We are looking for volunteers to help collect injured and deceased birds from the grounds of downtown Cleveland’s buildings during peak migration months (from the middle of March to late May, and from mid-August through end-October). Any live birds will need to be transported to Lake Erie Nature & Science Center for care and treatment through their rehabilitation program. All deceased birds will be processed by Cleveland Museum of Natural History and used for research purposes, including data collection about the scale of these impacts.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact Lake Erie Nature & Science Center at wildlife@lensc.org or by calling 1-440-471-8357.

We thank you in advance for your help with this effort!

Birds in recovery collected from downtown Cleveland. Photo by Tim Jasinski.