For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Michelle Pintar, Wisconsin
Phone: (414) 431-6104
Birds – Become a Bird Collision Monitor!
– Did you know that an estimated 100 million to
one billion birds collide with windows and die annually
in North America? The Wisconsin Humane Society
is taking action to help save birds and has launched
WIngs (Wisconsin Night Guardians for Songbirds).
The purpose of WIngs is for the residential community
as well as business owners and tenants to help protect
night-migrating songbirds by turning out their lights
between designated hours to help prevent birds from
colliding into windows. Milwaukee is the only major
city in North America besides New York , Chicago
and Toronto with a local program in place to save
migratory birds from window collisions.
We are inviting
members of the community to join our efforts and
volunteer to become a Bird Collision Monitor (BCM)
and take to the streets of Downtown Milwaukee in
the early morning hours one or more days a week
for just an hour or two.
WIngs Bird Collision
Monitors will walk around the bases of designated
tall buildings during the peak migration periods
of September and October to look for birds that
have collided with windows. Volunteers will
bring injured birds to the Wisconsin Humane Society's
Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
To become a BCM, contact
Scott Diehl, Wildlife Manager at the Wisconsin Humane
Society at (414) 431-6117. To arrange an interview
with Scott, contact Michelle Pintar at (414) 431-6104.
The Wisconsin Humane Society is in need of Bird
Begins September 1, 2006
Ends October 31, 2006
Designated tall buildings in Milwaukee
· Photo opportunities of birds being
rehabilitated at the Wisconsin Humane Society Wildlife
· Interview opportunity with Scott
Diehl, Wildlife Manager at the Wisconsin Humane