RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The City of Raleigh will turn off non-essential lights at City-owned buildings in an effort to reduce collisions between buildings and migrating song birds, they announced Monday.
During spring and fall, thousands of migrating song birds travel through the center of downtown Raleigh and can be disoriented and collide with buildings which leads to injury or death, according to the Wake Audubon Society.
The Wake Audubon Society documented bird deaths in downtown Raleigh and some City-owned buildings were found to have a high rate of bird collisions.
The solution, according to research, is both simple and money-saving: turn off non-essential lights.
The City of Raleigh and the Wake Audubon Society are teaming up as part of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan to implement bird-friendly lighting strategies for buildings owned and operated by the City.
Raleigh is the first city in North Carolina to reduce lighting on City-owned and operated buildings in order to reduce bird collisions.
City of Raleigh building managers and departments are set to work together to ensure non-essential lighting is turned off. Lighting used for security or safety is will be left on.
Lights will be turned off or dimmed from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
In addition to the City-owned and operated buildings taking part in the initiative, some other buildings will be as well.
According to the release from the City of Raleigh, the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts will dim or turn off non-essential lighting and decorative architectural lighting after 2 a.m., the Raleigh Convention Center will dim or turn off non-essential lighting after all occupants have left the facility for the night, and the Raleigh Police Department facilities will dim or turn off non-essential lighting, but leave 24-hour lobbies lit for security and public access.