More than 2.5 million birds will migrate over Oregon tomorrow! With tens of thousands flying through Portland, help keep them safe by turning off your outside lights tonight, drawing your blinds, and learning about bird-safe lighting.
Why is this important?
Each year, tens of thousands of birds migrate along the Pacific Flyway, through Portland, using the stars as their guide. However, exterior lighting can confuse birds, and many get lost and die from exhaustion. Others smash into windows when interior lighting is left on at night and visible through a window. You can take a small step to protect these birds by turning off your outside lights, closing your curtains, and encouraging your neighbors to do the same.
Want to do more to protect birds while saving money on electric bills? Consider upgrading your lighting with Lloyd EcoDistrict’s LED Advantage Member Program (LAMP) to bird-safe lighting.
The most important features for bird safety are color temperature, intensity, and directionality.
Switching to LED lighting is a smart choice to save energy and thankfully, with a wide range of color, intensity, and good directionality, can make it easy to pick quality lighting that is safe for birds (and better for people too!).
Take advantage of the improved Energy Trust of Oregon Commercial Lighting incentive to make upgrades this year.
Energy Trust of Oregon has announced changes to their commercial lighting incentives that can significantly improve the financial return for many types of commercial and industrial lighting projects, including outdoor lighting upgrades. Some of the highlights include:
Learn more about and contact Lloyd EcoDistrict’s LED Advantage Member Program (LAMP) team to find out if now is a good time to complete a lighting upgrade at your building before the fall’s migratory season arrives.
P.S.: Take the Portland Audubon’s pledge to go Lights Out for birds, other wildlife and human health and learn about Portland Audubon’s push to secure funding to develop dark skies regulation in Portland.