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Meet our Neighbours: FLAP Canada


Life + Learning

  • A small yellow and gray bird sitting on a windowsill
  • A window with a grid of small, square stickers on it
  • A window with six bird-shaped stickers on it.

Veronica, Queen's Square | February 3, 2021

Have you ever heard that heartbreaking thud of a bird colliding with your window pane? Birds flying into windows is an all too regular occurrence; roughly 25 million migratory birds die due to bird-building collisions in Canada. More people have been working from home and realizing that our homes pose a danger to our fantastic feathered friends.  

Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) is an organization that has been around for over 25 years and is dedicated to safeguarding migratory birds through research, education, rescue, and rehabilitation. Their goal is to create an environment that is 24-hour collision-free for migratory birds. They work with organizations, businesses, and the government to develop ways to engage the community, create educational programs, and come up with bird-deterrent solutions used in society. FLAP has also made meaningful programs like Birds in Your Hood and Bird-Safe Campus that help educate the community through awareness and citizen science.

Birds Safe is another platform that FLAP has created that offers various resources on keeping birds safe and why it is so important to do so. This website has resources for both homeowners and businesses and even offers individuals the opportunity to take the self-assessment to see if their home or business is bird-friendly. There is a Homeowner Self-Assessment test and a Business Owner Self Assessment Test available on the Bird Safe website.   After you have taken the test, Bird Safe will offer helpful suggestions and resources that you can use to help make your home or business safer for birds

Idea Exchange and FLAP are teaming up on Wednesday, February 17 at 7:00 pm to run a free virtual program focusing on how we can make our homes safer for birds. They will also be sharing some fun bird-related DIY projects that you can do at home. We will also be giving away one roll of Feather Friendly Tape. To enter the draw, you must register for the Making Your Home Safe with FLAP before 6:00 pm on Wednesday, February 17.

The Makerspace at the Old Post Office has also created a Take and Make Kit consisting of bird-friendly window decals that you can use to put on your windows at home. Each kit has 100 squares or six flocks of birds and costs $4.00.

Learn more about birds of all kinds, browse our catalogue for books for both kids and adults, or watch the wonderful The Scientific Wonder of Birds series through our Kanopy streaming service.

Meet Our Neighbour series is all about introducing you to local businesses, makers, and performers, as well as some additional resources from our collection.