Audubon Minnesota Lights Out
Project for National Audubon Society, Inc.

The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker has a funny name -- and a serious problem

The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker migrates great distances every year, gracing forests with its striking black and white stripes, vivid red cap, and distinctive drumming as it drills sap-wells in trees. 

Despite its funny name, it faces a serious danger: collisions with buildings along its migratory pathway.

Over 250 species of birds migrate through Minnesota each spring and fall. Many birds migrate at night and can be drawn off course by lighted structures in their flight path. Confused by the bright lights, birds are often killed or injured in nighttime collisions with buildings.

Through our "Lights Out" program, Audubon Minnesota works with building owners, managers, and tenants to turn off unessential building lights at night during spring and fall migration. This not only saves birds, but saves energy and reduces carbon pollution.

Please help protect birds from building collisions with a donation today. When you make a gift to Audubon Minnesota, you are helping make the skies safer for thousands of migratory birds including the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Thank you.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker photo by David Glatz | Audubon Photography Awards
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