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Portland may promote bird friendly building designs

The Portland City Council will consider a resolution Wednesday, Oct. 2, in support of “bird-friendly” building design and management practices.

Tragically, many birds die each year when flying into windows, especially of mid- and high-rise buildings. Bird-friendly building designs can reduce the casualties.

The resolution, introduced by City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, directs city staff to pursue policies in its pending update of Portland’s comprehensive plan that incorporate policies and goals to promote bird-friendly building design and practices.

The resolution also directs city staff to include action items in the draft Central City 2035 Plan that include development standards, design guidelines and education and incentive programs to promote bird safety.

“Portlanders have such an affinity for nature and wildlife, and building design is one other place where we can have an impact,” Saltzman says. “Raising awareness is the first step.”

Steve Law can be reached at 503-546-5139 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.