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Ottawa’s Bird-Safe Design Guidelines

(Theme 3 – Design, Theme 4 – Habitat)

Organization: Safe Wings Ottawa

Project Start Date: Nov 2020Annual Report


The City of Ottawa’s Bird-Safe Design Guidelines, a set of directives to prevent bird-glass collisions, will be presented to Planning Committee on Nov. 10, and to City Council on Nov. 25. Read the staff report recommending the adoption on these guideline. See guideline at

The guidelines are based on current best practices for preventing collisions from CSA standard A460:19 and the Toronto Green Standard. They focus on rethinking the use of glass, but this does not mean getting rid of windows. Instead, the aim is to eliminate lethal reflections and transparency by using patterned glass and other bird-safe glazing; building-integrated features such as exterior screens and grilles; overall building and site design; light pollution mitigation strategies; and bird-safe landscape design. When these features are incorporated early in the project planning process, they can be cost-neutral, and complement other design goals such as energy efficiency, glare reduction, aesthetics and even public art.

With the implementation of these guidelines, the City of Ottawa will take its first steps towards becoming a Bird-Friendly City.


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Safe Wings Ottawa is program of the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club to reduce bird mortality from window collisions through research, prevention and rescue.

email: info@safewings.ca

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Project entered on: November 12, 2020 at 10:19 am

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