Lights Out in Minnesota Saves Birdsclose
In one year alone, as many as 70 different species of birds fatally collide with skyscrapers in the Twin Cities area because of its location on a major migratory path. Through a recent TogetherGreen Innovation Grant, Audubon Minnesota has made substantial progress in making migration safer for the bird population. The group worked with building owners, managers and residents to turn off their lights at night during the spring and fall migration periods, not only saving birds from collisions, but also saving thousands of dollars in energy costs.
TogetherGreen, a partnership between Audubon and Toyota, aims to provide inspiration, leadership and opportunities that motivate people everywhere to take action at home, in their communities and beyond to improve the health of our environment. In 2008, Audubon and Toyota launched the initiative to support conservation projects, train environmental leaders, and offer volunteer opportunities that significantly benefit the environment. Funded by a $20 million Toyota gift to Audubon, the largest in the conservation group’s long history, TogetherGreen is now active in 182 cities in 49 states.