Who speaks for the birds? Madisonians join movement to prevent bird collisions with buildings

When Ald. Ledell Zellers saw designs for a proposed 11-story office building slated for the 900 block of East Washington, she loved them, she said. But she had one major concern with the plans, which included an all-glass tower.

She told Curt Brink, the developer of the project: “I would like to be able to support it. Are you going to do bird resistant glass?”

Asking about how proposed buildings will affect birds is becoming more common, said Aaron Williams, assistant campus planner and zoning coordinator for Campus Planning & Landscape Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Along with “Where are you putting the bicycles? Where are you putting water fountains?” comes “What are you doing to mitigate bird strikes?”



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