Birds And Buildings
Photo: Bill Olmsted, Associated Press
A few weeks ago a Cooper’s Hawk collided with the building that houses WAMU 88.5's new media center in Washington, D.C., where we produce The Animal House. We immediately checked on the condition of the hawk and the person who witnessed the hawk, our web designer Carrie Moskal; both survived, briefly stunned. After watching the bird fly away a few minutes later, we began looking into how often this happens in other places. The numbers are astronomical. Tens of millions, possibly billions, of birds die every year after accidentally flying into homes and offices across North America. Producer Natalie Yuravlivker spoke with three researchers who are studying the causes of, and possible solutions to, this growing problem. For information about what you can do to minimize bird collisions, click here.
Wild West Showdown for the Sage-Grouse: Washington Post reporter Reid H. Wilson discusses the high stakes and escalating friction between environmentalists, government officials and billion dollar business interests over the proposed addition of a western bird, the sage-grouse, to the Endangered Species List.
Music: “The Turning Point” by Uakti;