Texas is globally important for birds.
- 1 of approximately every 3 birds migrating through the U.S. in spring, and 1 of nearly every 4 bird migrating through the US in the fall, pass through Texas, pass through Texas, meaning approximately two billion birds travel through our state annually.
- Protecting birds in Texas promotes conservation of bird populations across the Americas.
- 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.
Birds are essential to our planet’s ecology – and local economies.
- 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.
Building owners, businesses, developers, and homeowners can help protect migrating birds
- Turn off all non-essential nighttime lighting on buildings and other structures from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. each night from 19 April to 7 May in spring and September 5th through October 29th – the critical periods for peak migration in each season.