• Lights Out Northeast Florida Call for Volunteers

    Lights Out Northeast Logo Primary ColorOur Lights Out Northeast Florida initiative in partnership with the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and St. Johns County Audubon Society is gearing up for another season of monitoring bird mortality in the downtown Jacksonville area resulting from window and building strikes, and we need your help!

    Northeast Florida is a major pathway for migrating birds along the Atlantic Flyway, and with spring migration just getting underway, we want to call attention to the dangers that migrating songbirds face on their journey. Most songbirds migrate at night using the the stars as navigational aids, but bright artificial lighting on buildings can divert them away from their natural migration path. The birds will often aimlessly circle a brightly lit building until they collide with it or collapse from exhaustion. By removing or reducing bright lighting at night, migrating birds will have a much better chance of navigating their long journey safely.

    LONF Volunteer Application QR Code 2023We are contacting building owners and managers in the downtown Jacksonville area to ask them to sign our Commercial Building Partner Pledge to turn off lights at night during the upcoming spring migration season (March 15 – May 15), but in order to see whether our efforts are achieving a reduction in window and building strikes, we are continuing to collect data in the downtown area during the spring and fall migration seasons this year, and we need several more volunteers to make this effort successful.

    If you have an hour or two one morning a week this spring to help with this important effort, please complete our application form (you can also use the QR code at left to access the form) and we will get back with you very soon. Training and all necessary supplies will be provided.

    If volunteering isn’t an option for you, no worries! You can still help by signing our Homeowner Pledge to keep lights off at night from 11 pm until 6 am during migration season.

    Learn more about Lights Out Northeast Florida here.

    Thank you!

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