Sending Office: Honorable Mike Quigley
Sent By:
Max.Frankel@mail.house.gov

 

Request for Cosponsor(s)

Prevent the Unnecessary Death of Millions of Migratory Birds

Cosponsor the Bipartisan Federal Bird-Safe Buildings Act

Co-Sponsors in the 114th: Quigley, Griffith, Grijalva, Tonko, Connolly, Cohen, Rangel, Conyers, Kind, Cartwright, McNerney, Lofgren, Lynch, Cicilline, Beyer, Price, Beatty, Schakowski, Roybal-Allard, DelBene, Schiff, McGovern,
Eshoo, Holmes Norton, Lee, Ellison, Zeldin, Smith

Co-Sponsors in the 115th: Quigley, Griffith, Capuano,
Zeldin

Dear Colleague,

The Federal Bird Safe Buildings Act is a cost-neutral, bipartisan bill that requires each public building constructed, acquired, or significantly altered by the General Services Administration (GSA) to incorporate, to the maximum
extent possible, bird-safe building materials and design features.
Many buildings constructed by GSA are already, in fact, bird-friendly.  The legislation would require GSA to take similar actions on existing buildings, where practicable.
This bill is unchanged from last Congress.

Birds have intrinsic, cultural, and ecological value to humanity.  Migratory birds are not only beautiful creatures eagerly welcomed into millions of Americans’ backyards every year; they help generate billions of dollars annually to the U.S. economy through
wildlife watching activities. However, collisions with glass buildings claim hundreds of millions of bird lives each year in the U.S.   That’s why we are reintroducing the Federal Bird-Safe Buildings Act (H.R. 2280 in the 114th), which would help prevent the
deaths of millions of birds by including bird-safe building materials and design features across federal buildings to help mitigate bird collisions and deaths.

According to the American Bird Conservancy (ABC), Americans spend about $36 billion in pursuit of birding activities. One in five Americans, 48 million people, engage in bird watching, and about 42 percent travel away from home to go birding. Birding activities
generate about $4.4 billion in federal tax revenues and about $6.2 billion in state tax revenues, support about 670,000 jobs, and provide $38 billion in employment income.

But as many as one billion birds, both residents and migrants, die annually in the United States after colliding with buildings.  Even once common species are showing declines in population. Most birds’ first encounter with glass is fatal, when they try
to fly to trees, sky or other objects seen through glass or reflected on its surface.  However, low- or no-cost techniques can be used in new construction projects, as well as existing buildings, to mitigate bird collisions and deaths.

Please join Congressman Quigley, Congressman Griffith, and a bipartisan group of co-sponsors in acting now to save the lives of millions of America’s birds. This bill is also supported by:

  • The U.S. Green Building Council
  • The Humane Society of the United States
  • The Humane Society Legislative Fund
  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  • Audubon Society
  • FX Fowle Architects
  • Animal Welfare Institute

To sign on, please contact Max Frankel in Rep. Quigley’s office at
Max.Frankel@mail.house.gov
or Elliott Silverman in Rep. Griffith’s office at
Elliott.Silverman@mail.house.gov
.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mike Quigley                                       H. Morgan Griffith

Member of Congress                            Member of Congress

 

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