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Yesterday, Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) reintroduced the Bird-Safe Buildings Act in the U.S. Congress. This bipartisan bill, which has been introduced in previous Congresses, aims to reduce bird mortality by requiring federal buildings to incorporate bird-safe materials and design features, when feasible. A 2014 study estimated bird mortality from window collisions in the U.S. to be between 365 million to 988 million birds annually. According to New York City Audubon's Project Safe Flight, 90,000 to 230,000 birds birds are killed in New York City alone each year during migration. 

In 2020, the Bird-Safe Building Act was included in an infrastructure bill that passed the House in June, as well as an energy bill that passed the House in September.

Read Rep. Quigley’s press release here.

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