Mary Coolidge is Audubon Society of Portland’s BirdSafe Campaign Coordinator, a program that raises awareness about hazards for birds in the built environment and advocates for incorporating solutions that synergistically meet sustainability and design objectives. Mary has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Lewis & Clark College and is dedicated to improving efforts to make urban environments safer and more hospitable to wildlife as well as helping connect people to nature and place. She splits her time between her work with Audubon Society of Portland and with the Oregon Zoo’s California Condor breeding program.
Portland is situated along the Pacific Flyway, a broad migration front that brings more than 220 species of birds into our airspace. Birds face a ubiquitous and deceptive hazard in the built environment: window glass. Each year, up to 1 billion birds die as a result of window strikes in the U.S. alone. Coupled with light pollution, which confuses birds’ navigation and disrupts circadian rhythms, the built environment poses many risks. In 2012, Audubon and partners collaborated with local architects to produce Portland’s Resource Guide to Bird Friendly Building Design http://audubonportland.org/files/hazards/bfbdd.
This presentation will address ways that Landscape Architects can help design exterior spaces to minimize impacts to birds in the built landscape.
WHEN: Monday, December 5th 5:30-7:00pm (with light reception)
WHERE: City of Portland, Parks and Recreation, Springwater Trail conference room (13th floor of the Portland Building)
COST: Free – Members; $20 – Non-Members
CONTACT: Mt Hood Section Chairs firstname.lastname@example.org 503/227.6156