lights out

Building managers can protect migrating birds by turning out the lights at night.  And– turning off lights in unused places saves electricity and money, too.

Turn out your lights after 11 pm during migration season.  If you’re a night owl, close the drapes when the lights are burning late to keep the light from spilling out through the windows.

Lights Out campaigns exist in many regions; if your region doesn’t have an active program– start one.  That’s how these things happen!  Learn more from Audubon Society and the American Bird Conservancy to get started.

what is a ‘lights out’ program?

lights out programs are voluntary programs that encourage building managers to turn off exterior lights during spring and fall migration.

Lights Out programs in the US and Canada

Akron, Ohio:  Lights Out Akron

Atlanta:  Lights Out Atlanta

Baltimore:  Lights Out Baltimore!

Boston:  Lights Out Boston

Charlotte, North Carolina:  Lights Out Charlotte

Chicago:  Lights Out Chicago

Columbus, Ohio:  Lights Out Columbus

Detroit:  Safe Passage Great Lakes

Indianapolis:  Lights Out Indy

Miami Valley, Ohio:  Lights Out Miami Valley

Milwaukee:  WINGS/Wisconsin Night Guardians for Songbirds

Minneapolis/St Paul:  Lights Out Twin Cities

New York City:  Lights Out New York

Portland, Oregon:  Lights Out Portland

Raleigh, North Carolina:  Lights Out Raleigh

San Francisco Bay Area:  Lights Out for Birds

Toledo, Ohio:  Lights Out Toledo

Toronto:  Lights Out Toronto!

Washington DC:  Lights Out DC

Wilmington, Delaware:  Lights Out! Wilmington

Winston-Salem, North Carolina:  Lights Out Winston Salem

Check out this map of Lights Out Programs in North America, compiled by the American Bird Conservatory.

wildlife-friendly lighting design

Other programs encourage good lighting design– and turning off unnecessary lights– usually to promote energy conservation, improve air quality and preserve the night sky:

Earth Hour

Lights Out Houston

International Dark Sky Association

last updated April 2018