Reflectors lessen glaring toll on birds

The use of reflectors to keep bicyclists and joggers safe is nothing new, but how about birds? Well, it appears some utilities, ranchers and other property owners are about to find out, as they are now using reflectors on wire fencing for just such a purpose. According to Environment and Energy Publishing’s Land Letter, the call for reflectors was spawned by studies showing collisions with wire fencing may be responsible for up to 40 percent of prairie chicken, and one-fifth of sage grouse, deaths in several Western states. Wildlife officials hope these reflectors, designed to make wire fence visible in low-light conditions, might be just the ticket necessary to keep such endangered birds from flying into their fluttery doom.

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