Birds are at risk from window strikes all year, but especially during migration and fledging season.

You can …

  • Install screens to minimize impact, and for new windows, ask for bird-safe glass.
  • Close blinds or curtains.
  • Avoid night lighting — to reduce glare, extinguish outdoor lighting at night, or add down-shields, install motion sensors, remove floodlights and atrium lights, avoid inside lights on high floors.
  • Create a pattern across the window to break up the reflection.
  • Use window decals such as these 6-inch-by-6-inch removable decals from Bird’s Eye View.
  • Make or buy outdoor string curtains, such as at Acopian BirdSavers.
  • Use a Posca paint pen to draw fine vertical (removable) lines on windows.
  • Patti Loesche, Urban Raptor Conservancy president, recommends hanging vinyl rope at intervals from a bamboo rod.
Friday, April 29, 2022.      Followed by Ed deal and Patti Loesche from the Urban Raptor Conservancy, a Cooper’s Hawk takes flight after mating high in the trees at Seattle’s Volunteer Park.   220208
Seattle is home to many raptors. These volunteers protect them from the dangers of city living


Attempts to control rats with rodenticide, particularly anticoagulants called SGARs, which kill the birds (or foxes, cats or dogs) who eat rodents, can deal a fatal blow to raptors.

You can …

  • Avoid rat poison in favor of nontoxic controls. Use mechanical (snap) traps instead of chemical ones. If you see a bait box with an exit hole, it probably contains poison.
  • Protect entry points to your home like eaves, crawl spaces and ventilation pipes with hard-to-chew hardware cloth or steel wool.
  • Clear out vegetation along the side of your house; remove invasive ivy which provides cover.
  • Use seed cakes instead of loose seed to feed birds. Keep pet food inside.
  • Cover and secure trash and compost bins well. Don’t add meat or fat to compost. Dispose of pet waste in the garbage.