Every year, millions of birds unintentionally fly into glass windows, doors, and facades, with a significant number of these incidents resulting in death or serious injury. Considering that glass continues to account for an increasing proportion of the external building envelope, it is expected that the number of birds impacted by this issue will rise in the future years. In a world where building codes are becoming more stringent, it is becoming increasingly important for architects to find glass solutions that are safer, reduce the risk of bird collisions, and still provide the aesthetic and performance attributes that their projects require while also meeting the safety and performance requirements of their projects. To prevent bird hitting window you need the right kind of solution.
Addition of visible forms or printed dots to the bird friendly glass has been tried in an attempt to decrease these sorts of collisions, and the results have been promising. When patterns or dots are printed on the glass, the look of the glass is degraded, on the other hand.
What is Bird-Safe Glass, and how does it work?
“Noise” is generated by a kind of exterior glass that deters birds from landing. The bird is alerted to the existence of the glass by this noise. As a result, the bird is less likely to come into contact with the window pane or glass. Depending on the context, the “noise” on the glass that is meant to scare away the birds might be about anything. A pattern or other feature on the exterior glass helps the bird look through the window, which is usually the case. Ultraviolet (UV) coatings may be used to create bird-safe glass, which is transparent for humans yet visible to birds.
What can I do to ensure that my current window glass is bird-safe?
The region does not mandate buildings to be renovated with bird-safe windows, however it is possible to learn more about bird-proofing your current or former construction projects. However,
Add a screen or netting to your outdoor windows that is at least 3 inches in front of them to “capture” birds before they fly into your windows.
The use of patterns on your windows can assist birds see your external windows more clearly, reducing the likelihood of crashes.
So, a bird has flown into your window. What should you do?
As advised by the Humane Society of the United States, if you detect a bird has crashed with your window, you should immediately take the following steps: To begin, cover and capture the bird with a cloth in a gentle manner. After that, place the bird in a paper bag or a cardboard box with air holes to keep it safe. Make every effort to maintain the bird in a calm, dark environment. Do not come into contact with the bird at this period. Taking the box or bag outdoors and opening it if the bird seems to have recovered is a good idea. Take a few steps back and watch to see if the bird flies away. If the bird does not fly away or does not seem to be recovering, you should call a wildlife rehabilitator in your area for assistance.