Birds and Buildings — Safe Wings Ottawa

With so many of us working from home these past two years, a lot more people have contacted Safe Wings about birds hitting their windows and needing help. Come for a walk in the fresh air to learn what you can do to help the city's birds!

Dozens of small birds pass unnoticed through Ottawa’s downtown core every single day. Various sparrows, thrushes, warblers, and woodpeckers, to name just a few, make their way through bustling downtown, invisible to busy commuters even after they fall on the sidewalk from colliding with a window.  In Ottawa, at least 250,000 birds are estimated to be killed yearly by colliding with glass.

Safe Wings Ottawa is a program of the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club that works to reduce bird mortality from window collisions through research, rescue, and education. Led by Safe Wings Ottawa volunteer, Janette Niwa, we will explore a part of the downtown core and discuss building features common to many building types that are a hazard for birds.  Janette will point out bird-friendly treatments and explain why some are successful, and some are not. Participants will learn why birds collide with windows, and about best practices and strategies they can employ to make their own home or workplace safer for these captivating creatures. 

Everyone has access to a window, and if we all made a little effort, together we could make a big change for the better to prevent one of the top human causes of bird mortality: window collisions!

Carte indiquant le point de départ

We will meet at the north entrance to Ottawa City Hall (Marion Dewar Plaza, 110 Laurier Ave).  From City Hall, we will walk north to the National Arts Centre, then head west along Queen St. to Kent, then up to the Bank of Canada building on Wellington St., where the walk will end. 


Please review our covid guidelines before attending a walk.
Au sujet du guide

Janette is a volunteer with Safe Wings Ottawa, helping monitor buildings for injured or dead birds, driving birds to rehab at Safe Wings or the Wild Bird Care Center, and helping with events. The daughter of a veterinarian and a bird-loving mother, she's a lifelong animal and nature lover, having planted trees in University and currently volunteering with a number of nature and animal organizations.

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Janette Niwa

Date:sam 7 mai, 2022
Durée: 1 heure
Langue: anglais
Début:Ottawa City Hall, north entrance
Fin:Bank of Canada, 30 Bank St
Distance:1.5 kms

The walk will follow city sidewalks.

Galerie d'images
A rose-breasted grosbeak rescued and rehabilitated by Safe Wings Ottawa (photo by Anouk Hoedeman).  An unfortunate bird after it has collided with a window. Route of the walk, indicating points of interest.
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