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Learn how to prevent bird strikes at Loyalhanna Watershed program

Mary Pickels
| Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, 2:12 p.m.
Loyalhanna Watershed Association Executive Director Susan L. Huba  poses for a portrait on the porch of the new offices of the LWA on May 23, 2016, in LIgonier Township.
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Loyalhanna Watershed Association Executive Director Susan L. Huba poses for a portrait on the porch of the new offices of the LWA on May 23, 2016, in LIgonier Township.
Luke DeGroote, avian ecologist and bird banding program manager at Powdermill Nature Reserve.
Luke DeGroote, avian ecologist and bird banding program manager at Powdermill Nature Reserve.

Birds and windows can be a deadly mix, resulting in the deaths of millions of birds every year.

According to the American Bird Conservancy, so many birds die from flying into windows because they cannot tell reflections from trees, plants and sky. Many of those windows are on houses, the conservancy says.

“Backyard Birds and Windows” is a free talk Powdermill Nature Reserve avian ecologist and bird banding program manager Luke DeGroote will present at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Nimick Family Education Center and Loyalhanna Watershed Association, 6 Old Lincoln Highway, Ligonier.

The Weeders and Seeders Garden Club of Ligonier is sponsoring the program, which will include a data presentation of Powdermill's research into and efforts to curtail the problem of bird strikes.

DeGroote will explain why bird strikes happen and how to help reduce and prevent the loss of birds.

Some deterrants to bird strikes include:

• Window screens

• Painted designs on the windows

• Bird tape or decals

Several birds of conservation concern are among the species most vulnerable to window collisions, including Golden-winged and Canada Warblers, Painted Bunting and Wood Thrush.

Details: 724-238-7560 or loyalhannawatershed.org

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5401 or mpickels@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MaryPickels.

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