Lights Out Texas
Facts about light pollution and bird strikes:
- U.S. bird populations are declining rapidly, with 1 out of every 4 birds lost since 1970.
- An estimated one billion U.S. bird deaths occur annually from collisions with buildings and structures, with migratory species at most risk.
- Attraction and disorientation resulting from light pollution concentrate migrant birds in cities.
- Texas is globally important for birds.
- 1 of every 3 birds migrating through the U.S. in spring passes through Texas, meaning approximately one billion birds travel through our state annually.
- Protecting birds in Houston promotes conservation of bird populations across the Americas.
- Birds are essential to our planet’s ecology – and our local economy.
- Birds provide ecosystem services, act as benchmarks for environmental health, increase livability, and connect people of all ages and abilities to the natural world.
Birds also support the Texas economy. In the Rio Grande Valley alone, Texas A&M found that nature tourism – which is dominated by bird watching – contributes $300 million to the economy and supports 4,407 full and part-time jobs annually.