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.  Learn more from Audubon Society and the American Bird Conservancy to get started.

Lights Out programs in the US and Canada

Baltimore:  Lights Out Baltimore!

Boston:  Lights Out Boston

Charlotte, North Carolina:  Lights Out Charlotte

Chicago:  Lights Out Chicago

Detroit:  Safe Passage Great Lakes

Indianapolis:  Lights Out Indy

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

San Francisco Bay Area:  Lights Out for Birds

Toronto:  Lights Out Toronto!

Washington DC:  Lights Out DC

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.

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 7/21/2015