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October 18, 2023

Judy Bowes’ Research Featured in The Daily

Judy Bowes was featured on The Daily with a story about her Bird Friendly UW project. An excerpt is below.

“UW researchers estimate that buildings on campus are responsible for 10,000 to 15,000 bird deaths, with up to 1 billion deaths occurring from bird-building collisions each year. 

Judy Bowes’ research will provide insight into what UW’s contribution to that total is. Bowes, a graduate student in the College of Built Environments, has dedicated the past year toward analyzing how dangerous buildings on UW’s campus are to birds.

Bowes’ research project, Bird Friendly UW, collects data from 22 UW buildings. The data includes signs of bird collisions, such as piles of feathers near buildings, dead birds, and collision markings on windows. Other observations tracked are weather conditions and time of day. Factors such as transparent glass and the reflection of natural habitat spaces are causes of these collisions.”

Read the full story on The Daily here.