Bird Law

US House representatives Mike Quigley (D – Illinois) and Morgan Griffith (R – Virginia) have joined forces, and cosponsor a bill that could drastically reduce bird-strike mortalities. This bill is aptly named the “Federal Bird Safe Buildings Act”, and mandates that all public buildings affiliated with the General Service Administration (GSA) be equipped with “bird-safe building materials and design features”. Basically, any building that functions as a federal agency will be required to install UV stickers, patterned decals, opaque windows, or anything else that helps to reduce bird-strike and bird mortality. The bill is still currently paralyzed in the long legislative process — and though similar bills have failed in the past, there is still hope for this one.

 

Bird safety is a bipartisan issue with bipartisan support. No one likes accidental bird deaths. Unfortunately, that’s not the hard part of passing the bill; rather, it is the mandatory expenses associated with bird-safe buildings. Passing something like this on a federal level will take time, but large US cities have already taken the issue into their own hands. Major cities like New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and others have already begun the process of reducing their localized impact on bird mortality. People and politics have recognized the importance of this issue, and have already begun working towards solutions.

 

Like I mentioned earlier, the legislative process is slow. Most of the bills concerning bird-safety have been introduced and reintroduced countless times, just to fail over and over again. But we’re getting there. Once a few major cities step up and take measures to solve bird-strike, others will recognize the issue’s importance. And they will step up too.

Comments

  1. This is such great news! I am glad to hear that there is interest in bird strikes at the federal level, particularly from both sides of the political spectrum. Policies such as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act have previously made huge leaps for avian conservation, and if passed this bill seems poised to do the same. I will definitely be writing my Virginia representatives! In fact, you may want to consider contacting the William and Mary Bird Club, or the Williamsburg Bird Club – I’m sure they would be interested in writing our legislators to help this bill along!