Doylestown Borough's Environmental Advisory Council hopes the local community will help protect migratory birds by participating in "Lights Out Doylestown." Residents and businesses are encouraged to turn off or reduce exterior and interior lights that illuminate the outdoors from 11 PM to 5 AM.
From August through November, millions of birds migrate from Canada and the northern US to warmer locations in the south. The risks that birds face on their exhausting journey include not only predators and storms, but also artificial light. Many birds travel in the middle of the night and rely on natural light landmarks to guide them on their path south. Artificial lights can confuse birds, causing them to veer off course and become exhausted before reaching their destination or leading to fatal strikes on windows.
For more information on the Lights Out program and how to protect birds during the migratory season, please visit https://www.birdsafephilly.org/lights-out.