City Council adopts bird-friendly resolution

FILE - This June 27, 2012, photo shows a crow dive-bombing a bicyclist as he crosses the Morrison Bridge in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
FILE - This June 27, 2012, photo shows a crow dive-bombing a bicyclist as he crosses the Morrison Bridge in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland may be known for ‘putting a bird on it,’ but the City Council is looking for ways to make the Rose City even more bird-friendly.

On Wednesday, the council unanimously approved a resolution encouraging the “exploration and incorporation of bird-friendly design and practices” for builders and homeowners.

According to the city council, 209 bird species are found in Portland, and nationwide, collisions into buildings are the second leading cause of death for birds behind habitat destruction.  The Audubon Society of Portland conducted studies that determined that bird collisions into buildings and manmade structures are a major threat to migratory birds.

“Common birds, rare birds, adult birds, juveniles, healthy, unhealthy birds hit as readily as any other,” said Mary Coolidge with the Audubon Society at Wednesday’s hearing.

Audubon Society experts suggest adding etching or glaze to your windows to alert birds that this is not an open space.

Elishah Oesch contributed to this report.

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