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Chris Merkord

Federal bird-safe building legislation proposed

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From the June 2015 Birding Community E-bulletin:


News items on regional efforts to reduce bird deaths through collisions with buildings have appeared many times in the Birding Community E-bulletin, including most recently in March and April 2015: http://refugeassociation.org/?p=11238/#new and http://refugeassociation.org/?p=11355/#san

Last month, Congressmen Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Morgan Griffith (R-VA) introduced H.R. 2280, the Federal Bird-Safe Buildings Act. The bill is designed to prevent the deaths of millions of birds by calling for each public building constructed, acquired, or significantly altered by the federal government's General Services Administration (GSA) to incorporate - to the maximum extent possible - bird-safe building materials and design features. We know that many buildings constructed by GSA are already, in fact, bird-friendly. The legislation, however, would require GSA to take similar actions on existing buildings, at least where practicable

"This bill is a balanced approach, applying strictly to federal government buildings. It is simple, cost neutral legislation that will protect millions of birds," said Congressman Griffith. "The U.S. Federal Bird-Safe Buildings Act, a cost neutral bill, would help prevent these deaths by including bird-safe building materials and design features across federal buildings," added Congressman Quigley.

The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

You can find out more specifics on the bill here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2280

and get details from the American Bird Conservancy here: http://www.abcbirds.org/newsandreports/releases/150513.html

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