As the construction rate continues to increase throughout the New York City metropolitan area, lawmakers aren’t just concerned about how the rapid construction could affect human citizens – they’re also considering the needs of its avian residents, too. To protect local bird populations, NYC lawmakers are weighing a measure that would require “bird-friendly” glass to be used on all new construction projects.
Proposed by City Council member Rafael Espinal, this legislation would require 90% of the first 75 feet of exterior surfaces to be composed of materials that are visible to birds, at least on all upcoming construction projects or renovations. By using glass finished with certain patterns and glazes, construction crews may be able to reduce accidental bird collisions by up to 90% – potentially saving up to 230,000 birds in the Big Apple each year.
Because building collisions so often result in death for the city’s winged denizens, conservationists at New York City Audubon have applauded the measure. With broad support on the NYC City Council, the law is expected to pass soon, changing the requirements for construction workers and contractors in the process. If the law is passed, New York will be the largest city to pass this kind of legislation.
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