Many of you have heard about the initiative “LightsOut PDX,” which begins tonight. Want to get involved and help save lives with the Audubon Society? Read about the campaign here!
Many of you have heard about the initiative “LightsOut PDX,” which begins tonight. We,’re participating, and we hope you’ll join us! LightsOut PDX is an initiative that was organized by the Audubon Society, which has long been concerned about light pollution. At night, birds use the stars to navigate their migration pattern – and light pollution from the city drowns out that light from the stars.
Not only does this disturb their migration pattern and throw them off course, but it also endangers their lives by putting them at greater risk of colliding with windows. According to the Audubon Society, up to one billion birds die every year across the United States by mistakenly flying into a lit window. This is a tragic number, which LightsOut PDX aims to curb. While light pollution is an alarmingly unrecognized issue for migratory birds, the good news is that it can be corrected – and that’s the goal! While the Audubon Society continues to work with the City of Portland to amend city policies and plans to improve lighting standards, they could still use our help to reduce the effect of light pollution throughout the city – and that’s where LightsOut PDX comes into play.
With the LightsOut PDX campaign, the Audubon Society of Portland aims to reduce light pollution in the Portland Metro and surrounding areas by spreading the word and convincing Portlanders to turn out unnecessary lighting after dark, especially during the spring and fall, which are peak migratory seasons. Portland businesses and private residences alike have taken the pledge to participate in the campaign. So far, more than two thousand Portland individuals have pledged, and a significant number of businesses will participate as well, including: Fox Tower, Wells Fargo Tower, OMSI, Hassalo on Eighth, Bonneville Power Administration, 200 Market, Lloyd 700 Building, Lloyd Center Tower, Metro Regional Center, the 911 Federal Building, East West College, Bank of America Financial Tower, Montgomery Park and the Oregon Convention Center.
We hope you’ll hop on board and take the pledge to turn unnecessary lighting off after dark beginning tonight! Here are tips from the Audubon Society of Portland (and a few of our own) on how you can help:
- Beginning tonight, September 30, 2016, turn out your lights at home and go outside to see the stars!
- Do a home audit of your lighting and make sure that your outdoor lights are well-shielded. When converting to LED, make sure to select warm bulbs (under 3,000 Kelvin).
- Turn off your outdoor lights when you’re not using them.
- Talk to your boss or building manager at work about ways to minimize unnecessary lighting in the workplace after hours.
- Throughout the year, be mindful of unnecessary lighting after the sun sets. Turn those lights out!