Published February 22, 2022

The Mentor Public Library is hosting a program about the team that’s making Northeast Ohio safer for migrating birds.

Every spring and fall, millions of birds migrate through Ohio on the way to their breeding and overwintering grounds.

Most species migrate at night, so the lights on tall buildings can disorient them and even cause them to crash and die.

The Lights Out Cleveland campaign is an innovative approach to bird conservation that’s dedicated to raising awareness and making Cleveland safer for birds, according to a news release. Anyone who’s interested can learn about Lights Out Cleveland during a free informational meeting at 7 p.m., March 2, at the Mentor Headlands Community Center, located at 9096 Lake Overlook Drive in Mentor.

The speakers will include:

  • Michelle Leighty, collision monitoring leader from Lights Out Cleveland, who will talk about bird monitoring and collection downtown
  • Andy Jones, curator of ornithology from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, who will present research and findings on Lights Out Cleveland’s efforts thus far.
  • Tim Jasinski, wildlife rehabilitation specialist from the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, who’ll discuss rehabilitation, release and tracking of injured birds that have been collected.

The program is free to attend, but due to limited space registration is required. People can sign up at or by calling the library’s Headlands Branch at 440-257-2512.

“If you’ve ever enjoyed the beautiful birds that visit the marshes and parks each spring and fall or even the cardinals and sparrows who winter in your backyard, then learning about Lights Out Cleveland is an excellent way to give back to those feathered neighbors,” the library stated in a news release.

The original article was posted on the News-Herald website:

Lights Out Cleveland to discuss helping migrating birds