Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Upcoming Events & Presentations

Washtenaw Safe Passage 

Upcoming Presentations, Panels & Participation:
Aug. 2018 - Michigan Audubon (Details TBD)
TBD 2018 - Hancock County Naturalists - Bird Safe Backyards & Buildings (Details TBD)
TBD 2018 - SE MI Safe Passage Overview - Regional Collision Gathering (Details TBD)

Stay updated through our Facebook page! Please click the 'like' button to receive updates, and be sure to share our posts with your friends!

WSP in the news:
The Green Room: Birds, Glass and Cats-Preventable Impacts (aired 28 April 2017)
Bird strikes take heavy toll (published 4 March 2017)
Awareness Through Art: Bird Collisions and Safe Passage (aired 5 January 2018)
Climate change, the over-bright night and glass windows: Threats to birds (published 16 Feb. 2018)

Past WSP Presentations/Media:
20 January 2018 - Lets Talk: Biology (panel) - ConFusion, Novi, MI
5 February 2018 - SE MI update, Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative Meeting, Powell, OH
9 November 2017 - Preliminary Assessment of Bird Strikes at Windows in Eastern Washtenaw County, MI - State of the Straits Conference
20 Oct. 2017 - Presque Isle State Park - Safe Passage 
16 Oct. 2017 -  ScicommMonday - Bird Strikes at Windows (Audio & Video!)
19 Sept. 2017 - Wild Birds Unlimited Ann Arbor - Bird Safe Backyards & Buildings
29 Apr. 2017 - Penguicon - Dead Birds for Science! 
29 Apr. 2017 - Penguicon - Science as leisure (panel)
8 Apr. 2017 - Safe Passage (during NABB 2017) at Powdermill Research Center (Rector, PA)
6 Apr. 2017 - Safe Passage  (scroll to end for April) at Belle Isle Nature Center / Detroit Audubon
15 Mar. 2017 - Dead Birds (...for Science!) / Matthaei Botanical Gardens / Washtenaw Audubon
7 Dec, 2016 - Designing a Better Future for Birds / University of Michigan Urban Planning

*** RESCHEDULED (date tbd) 22 April 2017 - Bird Safe Backyards & Buildings
Location: Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

Friday, January 27, 2017


Our goal:
Substantially reduce bird strikes and mortality at windows in Washtenaw County and beyond.

Some of our monitoring projects:
Eastern Michigan University
University of Michigan
Washtenaw Community College

How can I help? 
There are many things you can do to make your windows more bird-friendly! Check the "Resources/Links" page on the sidebar for tips on how best to reduce bird/window strikes at your home or work.

INJURED BIRDS should be taken to a rehabber IMMEDIATELY: 
click here and scroll down to find the most suitable wildlife rehabilitator in your area

There are dead birds at my building. What can I do?
Drop us a note:
Volunteers are always appreciated! Checking a problem building 2-3 times per week (March through November) can help establish baseline data and allow us to work towards finding bird safe solutions for problem windows.

Products & References:
ABC Bird Tape --
Acopian Bird Savers --
CollidEscape --
Feather Friendly --
101 Ways We Can Help Birds -- Laura Erickson -- )
Bird Watching Daily / Products --

Contact us:
Like us on Facebook: Washtenaw Safe Passage


Top left:
Bay-breasted Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Tennessee Warbler, Tennessee Warbler.

Front row:
Swainson's Thrush, American Robin. Black-throated Green Warbler.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Fall 2016 Data

EDIT: 2016 Fall Summary for Ypsilanti is below.

2016 Fall data, raw:

Ypsilanti District Library:

For Fall 2015-Fall 2016 data in one doc, click here.

14A-2 District Courthouse in Ypsilanti:

Eastern Michigan University:

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Social media and 2016 summer data

We now have a Facebook page! Please click the 'like' button to receive updates, and be sure to share our posts with your friends!

In the spreadsheets below, you can view our raw data for the summer season. As of June 10, 2016, summer monitoring has begun. We divide window monitoring into seasons because our methods differ by season. For example, we typically monitor more heavily (3-4 times per week) during the spring and fall, because there are a larger number of birds in the county during migration, which leads to more collisions. In the summer, we typically only monitor 1-2 times per week.

We have also added the following buildings to our monitoring schedule: 
  • Washtenaw 14A2 District Courthouse 
  • Washtenaw Community College 
  • University of Michigan, North Campus

For the latter two locations, we are only monitoring certain buildings; scroll through the spreadsheet below to see which ones. 

We are always accepting volunteers! Surveys typically only take 15-20 minutes at the most, depending on what building you are surveying. Our U of M North Campus monitor is a student who has graciously agreed to survey the buildings at his workplace. We always need more helpers, so please contact if you are interested in working with us.

Click below to see our data!