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It is estimated that a billion birds die and countless others are injured each year in North America as a result of window collisions!

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Chicago Bird Collision Monitors (CBCM) is an all-volunteer conservation project dedicated to the protection of migratory birds through rescue, advocacy and outreach.

CBCM works to protect and recover migratory birds that are killed and injured in the downtown Chicago area each spring and fall migration. Confusing lights and glass building design cause thousands of birds migrating along the lakefront to collide with downtown buildings. Our teams spend the early morning hours recovering these birds to save the injured and document the fatalities that have occurred.

We promote bird-safe lighting and building design to reduce bird collision hazards. Our project collaborates with building management, architects, planners and the public to prevent bird collisions.

LATEST NEWS and EVENTS

Spring migration is here!

Attend one of the upcoming Chicago Bird Collision Monitors training classes to learn how you can participate in our rescue and conservation work.

Training Schedule


Come see the first Chicago screening of a stirring new film

Tuesday, 10 May, at 7:00 at the Music Box Theater. Click here for more details


Thursday, May 12th - 6:00 pm - The Wildbird Shack

854 E. Northwest Hwy. Mt. Prospect, IL 60056

Come to hear about the wonders of bird migration and the challenges birds face as they travel between their winter and summer homes. Find out how you can help birds have safer travels as they pass through the Chicago area. Presented by Annette Prince, Director of Chicago Bird Collision Monitors. R.S.V.P.: 847-873-0409 or Email: Info@wildbirdshack.com


Chicago’s Killer View: The Skyline’s Toll On Migratory Birds

View or listen to the May 2, 2016 WBEZ 91.5 CHICAGO - Curious City - show


Help reduce Chicago's light pollution

It’s important that we do NOT use bright white/ blue-rich spectrum lighting as it has serious negative effects on human health, the environment, and the ecosystem. Get rid of Chicago's light pollution for a healthier & happier quality of life. Please sign and share this petition in as many ways that you can think of. Mayor Emanuel has a plan to replace 270,000 lights— the largest city lighting installation in the world. Please speak up now, while the Chicago lighting plans are being tweaked.

Opening February 6, 2016 see the photo exhibit "Broken Journeys" at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Please read this article

Photographer Art Fox captures the beauty of thousands of migratory birds that have tragically died on their travels through the urban hazards of Chicago.


CBCM and Willowbrook Wildlife Center in the news

Daily Herald article

Quigley, Griffith Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Prevent Millions of Bird Deaths

May 12, 2015 Press Release

Bill would require federal buildings to incorporate bird-safe measures

WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), along with Rep. Morgan Griffith (VA-09), introduced the Federal Bird-Safe Buildings Act, which would help prevent the deaths of millions of birds by including bird-safe building materials and design features across federal buildings.

"Migratory bird season in Chicago reminds us that birds are not only beautiful animals telling us that warmer weather is on its way; but they help generate billions of dollars annually to the U.S. economy through wildlife watching activities," said Rep. Quigley. "However, collisions with glass buildings claim hundreds of millions of bird lives each year in the U.S. The Federal Bird-Safe Buildings Act...read more

Please click the link below and support this bill

Support This Bill

Thank you for helping us help the birds.





Chicago Bird Collision Monitors (CBCM) is an all volunteer bird conservation project that operates under the auspices of
the Chicago Audubon Society.


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