The Way to Prevent Window Strikes for Your Backyard Birds May Surprise You

Whenever youre placing feeders near the house, keep them no more than 3 ft. awayfrom windows. That way a bird cant build up enough speed to

bird feeder close to window

Keep feeders close to windows

At a conservative estimate of at least 1 billion deaths per year in the United States alone, window strikes are the main killers of wild birds. Heres a way to prevent some of these collisions at your home. Whenever youre placing feeders near the house, keep them no more than 3 ft. awayfrom windows. That way a bird cant build up enough speed to sustain a fatal injury after feeding. This also brings the birds closer for better viewing.

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Our Expert: Daniel Klem is a professor of ornithology at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania.

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Brad Holden
Brad Holden, an associate editor at The Family Handyman, has been building cabinets and furniture for 30 years. In that time, he has absorbed so many slivers and ingested so much sawdust that he's practically made of wood.