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New York governor orders lights out to save migrating birds

New York City.
Governor of New York announces measures to help migratory birds. Image by joiseyshowaa / CC BY-SA 2.0

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a new measure that could save the lives of thousands of migratory birds. All non-essential lights in state-run buildings as well as any bright outdoor lights will be turned off between 11pm and dawn during peak migratory seasons. The measure will help prevent the phenomenon known as ‘fatal light attraction’ where migratory birds who are used to using the stars to navigate, get confused by electric lights and crash into buildings. An estimated one billion birds are thought to be killed in this way every year in the US. New York landmarks including the Chrysler Building and the Rockefeller Centre already abide by the ‘lights out’ program. Read more: bbc.com