Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited

Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited
Toronto Hydro Corporation

Toronto Hydro Corporation

September 11, 2008 08:00 ET

Media Advisory: Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited-Kill a Watt. Save a Bird.

Protect migrating birds by turning lights off.

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 11, 2008) - Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited (Toronto Hydro) and the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) are urging business communities and condo owners to turn off unnecessary lights at night to protect migrating birds. Millions of birds will start to journey to warmer breeding grounds in the south from now until November.

Collisions with buildings are the leading cause of bird death across North America. An estimated 10,000 migratory birds die each year in Toronto's financial district alone as a result of colliding with lighted buildings. Birds that migrate at night are attracted to artificial light and become vulnerable to collisions with lighted buildings.

Toronto sits beneath two of the busiest migratory corridors on the planet making it vital to practice responsible light control to assure a safe passage.

Turning off lights at night from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. will not only help conserve energy, save money and reduce emissions, but will also help protect migratory bird species that may be hurt or killed by lit Toronto buildings.

Since 1993, a handful of FLAP volunteers have recovered over 42,000 birds from 162 species that have collided with Toronto buildings. 64 of these species are facing serious population decline.



Lighting control strategies include:
- Turning of unnecessary interior lighting
- Motion-sensitive lighting
- Desk lamps/task lighting
- Extinguishing all exterior decorative lighting
- Using blinds and curtains

For more information, visit:
- Toronto Hydro at www.torontohydro.com
- FLAP at www.flap.org
- Lights Out Toronto! at http://www.toronto.ca/lightsout/
- Bird-Friendly Development Guidelines at
http://www.flap.org/development_guidelines.pdf



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