Toronto Hydro Corporation

Toronto Hydro Corporation

March 08, 2006 07:00 ET

Media Advisory-Toronto Hydro Bird Safety Migration Alert

TORONTO, ONTARIO—-(CCNMatthews - March 8, 2006) -

Toronto Hydro urges businesses and office towers to turn off nighttime
lights to reduce fatal collisions during spring migration.

As spring approaches, warmer temperatures will encourage birds to make
their journey north now that winter is coming to an end. Toronto Hydro is
appealing to business owners, downtown condominium corporations and office
tower building managers to turn off unnecessary nighttime lights. There will
be a concentrated movement of birds through the City of Toronto beginning
the next few weeks and continuing through migration season.

Birds that migrate at night are strongly attracted to sources of
artificial light and have an increased risk of becoming hurt or killed.

Millions of migratory birds fly through the City of Toronto each spring
and fall. Thousands of those birds die every year as a result of collisions
with lighted buildings. Volunteers from the Fatal Light Awareness Program
(FLAP) collect these needlessly injured or killed birds every morning at dawn.

Turning off lights at night from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. will help businesses
conserve energy, save money and help protect migrant bird species that may be
hurt or killed by lit Toronto buildings.

If lights need to remain on, customers should consider the following
alternatives:

- Install motion-sensitive lighting.
- Use desk lamps/task lights or lower lighting levels.
- Where safe, turn off or reduce perimeter lighting especially on the
tops of buildings.
- Close blinds and curtains.

Today FLAP will be displaying the Fall 2005 birds at the Royal Ontario
Museum from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Approximately 2,000 birds killed during fall
migration will be laid out.

Toronto Hydro has partnered with FLAP and the City of Toronto to increase
awareness of this issue. In February of this year, the City of Toronto became
the first in the world to implement a Migratory Bird Protection Policy. All
new buildings will need to ensure that the needs of birds are incorporated
into the site planning process with respect to lighting, floodlighting and
glass, as well as other bird-friendly design features.

Visit The Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) at www.flap.org.

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