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Bird Safe Standards for Buildings (San Francisco Planing) addresses  
the problem comprehensively.

John Newman
St. Louis

On Mar 27, 2012, at 10:47 AM, Ben Solomon wrote:

> Hi everyone
>
> Some of you may be familiar with the new building at the WashU  
> medical campus that was completed a little over a year ago.  
> Unfortunately, I have anecdotally noticed that this building seems  
> to be causing a surprisingly large number of fatal bird strikes. In  
> addition to the resident sparrows and pigeons, I've seen multiple  
> species of warblers and ducks that have flown into the windows.  
> Sadly, this week one of the Peregrine Falcons, chasing something,  
> slammed into a window so hard that it shattered the glass. I don't  
> know for sure, but was told that the falcon didn't survive and by  
> the look of the glass, I'd be surprised if it did. The building's  
> exterior is almost exclusively large reflective glass, which I might  
> guess is the problem. I know there are solutions to preventing bird  
> strikes in your home, but a solution for a large university building  
> seems more difficult. If anyone has any knowledge of instances where  
> large buildings like this have been "bird-strike-proofed" I would be  
> interested to hear it so that I might be able to pass it on to  
> someone involved in facilities management. Thank you!
>
> Ben
> St. Louis
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