communications towers over 200 feet high are lighted and have
a well documented history of killing migratory birds, and
WHEREAS, the number
of such communications towers in New York State has doubled in
the last seven years, and is expected to double again in the
next five years, and
are only two long-term studies in New York State and these have
been conducted at towers over 500 feet, and no studies have been
reported at towers in the 200-500 foot height range, and
in the 200-500 foot height range are proliferating at the greatest
of these new towers are being constructed on hilltops to broaden
their range, and this may increase their impact on migratory
are needed to document bird mortality at communications towers,
therefore be it
the Federation of New York State Bird Clubs endorses efforts
to monitor tower mortality in New York State, and be it further
the Federation of New York State Bird Clubs encourages communications
companies across the state to cooperate with such studies and
allow members of bird clubs to periodically search the grounds
of communications towers for bird kills, and be it further
the Federation of New York State Bird Clubs encourages the New
York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the US
Fish and Wildlife Service to address this issue.
Avery, M. L., P. F. Springer,and
N.S. Dailey. 1980. Avian mortality at man-made structures: an
annotated bibliography (revised). US Fish Wildl. Serv.
FWS/OBS-80/54, 152 pp.
Cochran, William W.and Richard
R. Graber. 1958. Attraction of nocturnal migrants by lights on
a television tower. Wilson Bulletin, 70:378-380.
Federal Aviation Administration
Digital Obstacle File. National Ocean Service, Riverdale, MD.