Lights Out Columbus

photo of the Columbus skyline by flickr/alwaysshooting

Beginning in 2012, OBCI partnered with the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, Columbus Audubon, the Ohio Wildlife Center, the Columbus Zoo and other local organizations to establish Lights Out Columbus. Today, several buildings are participating in the program by pledging to reduce lighting during peak migratory seasons. Current buildings enrolled in the program:

  • AEP Corporate Headquarters (1 Riverside Plaza)
  • Anheuser Busch – Columbus Brewery
  • Columbia Gas of Ohio (240 W Nationwide Blvd)
  • Columbia Gas of Ohio (290 W Nationwide Blvd)
  • The Columbus Athenaeum (32 N 4th St)
  • Columbus City Hall (90 W. Broad St)
  • Common Pleas Courthouse (345 S. High St)
  • Commissioner’s Garage (34 E. Fulton St)
  • Franklin County Courthouse (373 S. High St)
  • Franklin County Correctional Center I (370 S. Front St)
  • Grange Insurance (671 S. High Street)
  • Grange Insurance Audubon Center (505 W. Whittier St)
  • Huntington Center (41 S. High St)
  • James A. Karnes Building (410 S. High St)
  • Juvenile Detention Center and Garage (399 S. Front St)
  • The Lazarus Building (50 West Town Street)
  • MAD Scientist Associates, LLC (253 N State St)
  • One Columbus (10 W. Broad St)
  • Pavilion at 365 S. High St
  • Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel (50 N. 3rd St)
  • School Employees Retirement System of Ohio (300 E. Broad St)
  • Services Building (80 E. Fulton St)
  • William Green Building (30 W. Spring Street)

Local Partners

Lights Out Columbus partner logos

As an extension of Lights Out Columbus, students in the Ornithology Club at The Ohio State University have started their own project to document the impacts of light and glass on campus. You can find out more about the students’ work HERE.


Map of Participating Buildings


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 the Columbus 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 Columbus 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.

Lights Out Columbus 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 Columbus buildings during peak migration months (from the middle of March to late May, and from mid-August through the end of October). Any live birds will need to be transported to the Ohio Wildlife Center for care and treatment through their rehabilitation program. All deceased birds will be processed by the OSU-Museum of Biological Diversity and used for research purposes.

If you are interested in volunteering please fill out our volunteer interest form HERE. For questions, contact Matthew Shumar, the OBCI Program Coordinator at

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