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BMSC Bird Strike Prevention Project


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BMSC Bird Strike Prevention Project

Birds are dying preventable deaths at The Bamfield Marine Science Centre (BMSC). We have found evidence that least 300 birds have died over the past three years. This number is largely underestimated due to natural predation of the carcasses and injuries from the strike resulting in death post-impact. We are a not-for-profit remote field research facility on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, Canada. We are situated in the traditional territory of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, a Nuu-chah-nulth Nation and member of the Maa-nulth Treaty Society. This region serves as a haven for a multitude of vulnerable bird species.

We foster scientific innovation and education for hundreds of researchers and students every year in our cutting-edge facilities. During spring and fall, hundreds of thousands of migratory birds traverse Bamfield’s skies, facing grave risks colliding with transparent windows. Many of our structures boast awe-inspiring ocean vistas through grand windows, yet this glass expanse is perilous for our avian friends. The reflected images of trees on these large windows make the windows look like safe habitat, resulting in heartbreaking casualties. Our unwavering commitment to environmental stewardship compels us to seek your generous support in implementing a lasting, bird-friendly solution to this critical issue. Research proves retrofitting windows with Feather Friendly markers disrupts reflections and prevents avian tragedies by 95%. Unfortunately, this is an expensive endeavor.  

The birds need your help! We implore you to join us in making a transformative change in reducing the risk of window strikes for birds. For additional information and connect with our cause, find us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter at @bamfieldmsc or visit our website at