Philadelphia’s glass skyline is killing birds. A new Fairmount Park building has a solution.
Philadelphia’s glittery, and ever-expanding skyline, is a thing of beauty — at least to the human eye. If you’re a bird, though, it’s a death trap.
In late August, I went for a stroll along the Schuylkill waterfront, which has filled in over the last decade with an impressive lineup of sleek glass towers. The river is a major flyway for birds migrating between Canada and South America, and as I looped around the Roberts Center for Pediatric Research, next to the South Street Bridge, I spotted a clear casualty of all that development: a dead, female Redstart warbler. It had slammed into the glass facade and died instantly.
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