Each fall and spring, millions of birds migrate through Ohio, stopping for a few hours during the night to rest. The bright lights of cities disorient them and draw them into the green spaces between buildings. In the morning, they set off to continue their journey, but some collide with the reflective glass of buildings and are injured or killed. Estimates put the number of birds killed in this manner in North America per year at half-a-billion.
Organizations like the Ohio Wildlife Center partner with the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative to form the state-wide program Lights Out. Several cities participate, and the central Ohio chapter is Lights Out Columbus.
Volunteers are always needed, and you can learn more about how to help at www.ohiolightsout.org.