Tri-C Selects Suntrol for Bird Conservation

July 5th, 2023 by Chris Collier

Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) in Ohio has selected Suntrol to provide bird-strike mitigation for its Westshore Campus.

“When I started at Westshore, the issue of bird strikes was one of the first things brought to my attention,” says Scott Latiolais, Ed.D., president of Westshore Campus. “Everyone wanted to find a solution.”

Westshore Campus was built next to a wetland, and the windows on the north side of the building inadvertently posed a threat to wildlife. Birds mistook the reflection of the tree canopy in the windows as habitat and collision-related bird deaths were alarming.

“The Audubon Society estimates that about one billion birds are killed each year due to collisions with glass, making glass collision the second leading cause of bird deaths annually,” says Suntrol’s owner, John Hansen. “Two-thirds of North American bird species are facing extinction, and we applaud Tri-C for taking action to address this important conservation issue.”

Tri-C turned to Suntrol to treat the vast amount of glass near the wetland and outdoor laboratory with Feather Friendly Bird Deterrent Technology. Professionally installed to the exterior of the glass, these proven deterrent markers make the glass visible to birds yet are unobtrusive to the human eye, per the release.

“Since Suntrol installed Feather Friendly, the bird-strike deaths in the treated areas have been eliminated,” says Erica Stevenson, Ph.D., associate professor of biology at Westshore Campus. “This is exciting and significant, especially as we near the end of bird migration season.”

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