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Lights Out

Here’s how you can make a difference!

Visit Lights Out alerts for Dallas and Houston and CSU statewide lights out alerts to learn when to take action.

Building owners, businesses, and developers can help protect migrating birds passing through Texas by turning off all non-essential nighttime lighting on buildings from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. each night April 19 through May 7 – the critical spring period for nocturnal bird migration. This 12-hour period overlaps with times when the sun is still above horizon, increasingly, but this is for guidance that include building cleaning crews and other scenarios in which planning lights out slightly earlier in the evening and later in the morning may be helpful.

With your help, we can dramatically reduce the hazards posed by light pollution in Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, and all of Texas and allow birds to resume their typical migratory behaviors.

What we need you to do:

  • Join us by committing to turn lights off from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. during this critical migration period.
  • Talk with friends, businesses, elected officials, schools, and other stakeholders and get them to join the movement, too!
  • Share your support for the cause via social media and with local media.

Additional ideas for building owners and managers include:

  • Motivate and inform your staff and tenants
  • Explain that adopting this new practice is a win-win; saving both birds and money. 
  • Clearly identify what lights need to be turned out, and how to go about shutting them off.
  • Designate staff member(s) responsible for turning off lights and make sure they know when to do so. 

Publish your commitment and your success to your community

  • In your establishment: Place messaging around your establishment to help your tenants understand why you decided to turn lights out during migration season. 
  • On social media and your website: Share your success and influence others to make a positive change for wildlife and energy efficiency
  • In the press: Tell a reporter! As a leading establishment in your community, your commitment to go lights out to save birds is newsworthy. Push the news out to local and regional media channels.

Gray-cheeked Thrush. Sue Barth/Macaulay Library. eBird S39144521.

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