Toronto Hydro Corporation

Toronto Hydro Corporation
Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited

Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited

March 14, 2007 07:00 ET

Media Advisory: Toronto Hydro Bird Safety Migration Alert

As the temperature rises: Toronto Hydro urges businesses and office towers to turn off nighttime lights to reduce fatal migratory bird collisions during spring migration.

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 14, 2007) -

ATTENTION ASSIGNMENT, ENVIRONMENT and NEWS EDITORS

As spring approaches, warmer temperatures will encourage birds to make their journey north now that winter is coming to an end. The first day of spring is March 21, and Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited 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 in the next few weeks and continuing through migration season.

Birds that migrate at night are strongly attracted to sources of artificial light, which increases their 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 lit 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.

An average office tower can see annual energy savings of approximately $43,000 or a decrease of approximately 122 tonnes of CO2 emissions.



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.
- Install anti-reflective covering or decals on windows.


Toronto Hydro has partnered with FLAP and the City of Toronto to increase awareness of this issue. In February of last 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

City of Toronto: Lights Out Campaign at www.toronto.ca/lightsout

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