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University of Alberta student works to keep birds from crashing into city windows

One University of Alberta student is taking a bird's eye view at ways to prevent the city’s feathered friends from hitting Edmonton windows.

As part of her thesis, Masters student Justine Kummer launched a website and an online survey to collect data on types of conditions surrounding birds' collisions into residential home windows.

A study from Environment Canada published last year found residential houses are responsible for up to 90 per cent of all bird collisions, Kummer said.

“That’s something people aren’t very aware about,” she added.

After launching the project in September, Kummer said she’s been able to collect a significant amount of data from residents interested in her work.

“We’re asking participants to walk around the perimeter of their house for ideally a month,” Kummer said. “And report to us if you find anything.”

This summer, Kummer has launched another phase of the research, looking into bird feeders and their potential impact on the collision rate.

“There are big things people can do, but we want to find the little things people can do in their backyard to reduce the collisions,” said Kummer.

Bird feeder study will be conducted over the summer, while the bird collision study will go on through 2014 and could be expanded.

For more information on the project, click here.

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