Quigley Legislation to Prevent Bird Collisions Passes House
Today, an amendment based on U.S. Representative Mike Quigley’s (IL-05) Bird-Safe Buildings Act passed the House of Representatives as part of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act. The Bird-Safe Buildings Act would require that public building constructed, acquired, or significantly altered by the General Services Administration (GSA) incorporate bird-safe building materials and design features to reduce bird collisions.
“In a time when wildlife faces unprecedented, human-driven challenges, we have an obligation to be responsible members of our environment and do what we can to mitigate our impacts on those we share this planet with,” said Quigley. “That can start with protecting wildlife from deadly collisions with our buildings.”
Each year, up to one billion birds die from building collisions. The Bird-Safe Buildings Act would require that new or significantly altered buildings include bird-safe materials in their construction. This bill will permanently limit bird deaths for little to no cost. Ultimately, it will protect endangered birds from dying preventable deaths by eliminating indoor light display to the outside.
Quigley continued, “Including my amendment in HR 2 brings us that much closer to making the Bird-Safe Buildings Act law and would go a long way toward reducing the billions of fatal bird-building collisions that are contributing to the vanishing of America’s native songbirds.”
The Bird-Safe Buildings Act is endorsed by the American Bird Conservancy, Audubon Society, and the Humane Society Legislative Fund.
"Rep. Quigley has worked tirelessly to advance this legislation for more than a decade, and those efforts have paid off with a momentous achievement," said Dr. Christine Sheppard, Director of the Glass Collisions Program at American Bird Conservancy. "Recognition of the bird collisions issue at the federal level will set an example for the entire USA. It sets the stage for states and municipalities nationwide to advance legislation to prevent bird collisions with glass -- one of the biggest sources of bird mortality -- at a time when many birds are in decline and in desperate need of action."
“Up to a billion birds are killed each year in collisions with buildings in the United States. Practices and technologies exist to reduce this mortality; the challenge is getting them implemented,” said Sara Amundson, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. “By encouraging adoption of these methods for federal buildings, the Bird-Safe Buildings Act will enable the federal government to reduce its impact on animals and serve as a model for other sectors. We applaud Representative Quigley for paving the way forward through this innovative bill.”
“Passing the Bird-Safe Buildings Act alongside this historic investment in infrastructure shows literally how we can rebuild better,” said Jesse Walls, senior director of government affairs for the National Audubon Society. “Bright lights and glass on buildings big and small can prove fatal to birds and the guidelines established by this bill will help save many of the up to one billion birds killed each year by crashing against buildings. The Bird-Safe Buildings Act will make new federal buildings safer for birds and can increase energy efficiency, all at little to no extra cost to taxpayers.”
H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, is sweeping legislation passed by House Democrats to invest in rebuilding America’s infrastructure.