D-Birds

It’s 2019, and we are still building glass towers that winnow birds from the sky during migration. An architect today who isn’t demanding that bird safe glass be used is committing malpractice. The developers — well, there’s an enemy of the earth if there ever was one, committing ecocide, crimes against life, as a matter of course.

Take “CIRCA Central Park,” at West 110th St: a single person has found 100 dead birds around the building. Yesterday alone there were four more collisions, three dead on the spot, one taken to Wild Bird Fund in hopes of salvaging something from the wreck.

Audubon NYC’s D-Bird database allows you to report and track bird collisions.

I reported this one there. It’s a Red-eyed Vireo. It was on the sidewalk right around the corner from the #ViewFromTheMoraine.

(NYC seems to be moving towards a bill to ameliorate the problem going forward.)
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Meanwhile, where do we report a democracy that has flown into the window of Donald Trump and his Republican Party? Solnit has a remarkable ability to hit the nail on the head and not leave us in despair. Her conclusion:

“But we must not lose hope. In addition to the three branches of government, there is an unofficial fourth – civil society – which must exert itself. The will of the people is both what is at stake when a government becomes unaccountable and the force that can protect our embattled public interest. Passivity and disengagement got us here; political engagement will get us out.”

But how to engage? It won’t be easy. The might of a state is a terrifying thing. Monbiot, in discussing the exterminationist ideology of consumerism, lays it out. It’s too late for gradualism, and much too late for Biden’s vision of oligarchy with a side of folksy cornpone. “Only mass political disruption, out of which can be built new and more responsive democratic structures, can deliver the necessary transformation.”

1 Response to “D-Birds”


  1. 1 nature969 October 10, 2019 at 10:01 am

    Richard Banks, with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, also did research with the Smithsonian Institution in the late 1970’s on bird collisions with glasswindowed highrise buildings in the Washington DC area.


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