According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, up to 1,500 birds were killed by a large skyscraper in one day. Audubon volunteers are concerned about the high rate of fatalities during migration.

Source: 6abc Philadelphia/Youtube

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Stephen Maciejewski, a 71-year-old retired social worker and volunteer for Audubon Pennsylvania, told the Inquirer, “So many birds were falling out of the sky, we didn’t know what was going on. It was a really catastrophic event. The last time something like this happened was in 1948.”

Maciejewski described the scene of picking up hundreds of birds that had died en route to other areas. An estimated 1,500 birds died on October 2 in the city after crashing into a skyscraper. He collected birds and checked them as part of a tally and they will be given to scientists for review.

“We have to bring people together to make the glass friendlier to birds,” Maciejewski said. “We’re contributing to the extinction of American songbirds.”

Keith Russell, an ornithologist with Pennsylvania Audubon, told the Inquirer that an astonishing number of birds are killed annually after colliding with buildings, “This is a very big issue in the world of bird conservation. The estimates are 350 million to one billion birds die every year colliding with buildings.”

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