2024 Student Research Conference:
37th Annual Student Research Conference

Characterizing Window Strikes at Truman State University to Inform Conservation Efforts

Matthew Gilley* and Colin Barry
Dr. Joanna Hubbard and Dr. Vayujeet Gokhale, Faculty Mentors

Window collisions are a leading contributor to human-caused mortality in birds; however, the prevalence of window strikes in the Mississippi Flyway is not fully understood. Many birds are unable to perceive glass as a barrier due to its reflective qualities, which is further exacerbated by nearby feeders or foliage. Excess artificial light that escapes from windows may also attract nocturnal migrants that use light as a tool for navigation. Since February 2023, we have conducted regular carcass surveys at academic buildings on the campus of Truman State University to understand the species that are impacted by strikes and the buildings that contribute most to strikes. These results will ultimately inform a campus-wide mitigation plan aimed at improving Truman State University’s wildlife stewardship. We have observed window strike mortality in vulnerable species (e.g., chimney swift, Chaetura pelagica), thus mitigation strategies that reduce window strikes on campus will improve our conservation efforts. 

Keywords: Ornithology, Conservation, Light Pollution, Window Strikes, Urban Ecology

Environmental Studies

Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

Session: 307-3
Location: MG 1000
Time: 1:15

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