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  • Lights Out Akron making city skies a safer space for migratory birds
    Lights Out Akron making city skies a safer space for migratory birds
    While the city of Akron still sleeps, volunteers are out armed with flashlights searching, no matter the weather. This is Lights Out Akron – part of a statewide initiative that also includes Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo, Cincinnati and the Miami Valley. Lights Out does this every spring and fall as millions of birds migrate through Ohio during the night.
  • Tim Jasinksi featured on the ECO SPEAKS CLE podcast
    Tim Jasinksi featured on the ECO SPEAKS CLE podcast
    Tim Jasinski, Wildlife Rehabilitation Specialist with the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center was recently on the ECO Speaks CLE podcast to talk about Lights Out Cleveland: Show Notes: What if there was a way to save thousands of innocent birds from lethal collisions with our urban glass structures each year? In this episode of EcoSpeak CLE, we head to Lake Erie Nature and Science Center to …
  • Bird rescue group patrolling downtown Cleveland streets through spring migration
    Bird rescue group patrolling downtown Cleveland streets through spring migration
    Lights Out Cleveland volunteers begin their day at five or six a.m. and their work is done by eight-thirty in the morning during migration season. “The birds that live here know where the buildings are,” said volunteer Rich Nicholls, “but the ones that are migrating, they get confused.”
  • Cleveland is a bird collision hot spot
    Cleveland is a bird collision hot spot
    We're entering the heart of spring migration season, when millions of birds travel north for feeding and breeding. Driving the news: Cleveland is an important pit stop, as species recharge and refuel before the aerial trek across Lake Erie. That makes Northeast Ohio both a mecca for birdwatching and...
  • Saving migrating songbirds in downtown Columbus
    Saving migrating songbirds in downtown Columbus
    This month marks the start of the spring migration season, when millions of songbirds travel through Central Ohio. Unfortunately, many won't reach their destinations because they'll collide with buildings — a deadly problem a group of volunteers wants to help solve.
  • Lights Out Cleveland to discuss helping migrating birds
    Lights Out Cleveland to discuss helping migrating birds
    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.
  • Why downtown Cleveland’s bright lights pose dangers to thousands of migrating birds
    Why downtown Cleveland’s bright lights pose dangers to thousands of migrating birds
    Like moths to a flame, migrating birds looking to rest and refuel are drawn to the bright lights of downtown Cleveland. For many it will be their last stop. Each year, thousands of birds heading to and from Canada and the tropics plow into downtown buildings, leaving many of the tiny, feathered visitors dead or wounded on sidewalks and windowsills.
  • As light pollution encroaches on night skies, astronomers dream of a clear view of the Milky Way
    As light pollution encroaches on night skies, astronomers dream of a clear view of the Milky Way
    Once upon a time, a boy looked up and saw the sky. Out in the lands of Geauga County, where trees bled gold and alpacas roamed, he saw the stars.
  • Wood Thrush Receives Tracking Nanotag to Collect Migration Data
    Wood Thrush Receives Tracking Nanotag to Collect Migration Data
    A migrating Wood Thrush injured in a downtown window collision was rescued by Lights Out volunteers April 27 and later fitted with a nanotag to track its journey to summer habitats. The Wood Thrush was only the second bird rescued in several years of Lights Out monitoring to have a nanotag placed before being released back to its migration pathway.
  • Lights Out leaders present in a virtual workshop for wildlife rehabilitators
    Lights Out leaders present in a virtual workshop for wildlife rehabilitators
    Building coalitions for migratory bird conservation in urban centers and the importance of monitoring, recovery and rehabilitation in those efforts.