The Louisville Metro Council urges community support for “Lights Out Louisville” to protect migratory birds

May 10, 2024

Louisville (May 10, 2024) – Louisville Metro Council President, Markus Winkler (D-17) is requesting support for "Lights Out Louisville," a crucial initiative aimed at safeguarding birds during their peak migration period.

The program is part of a countrywide initiative of the National Audubon Society and is supported by its Louisville affiliate. It seeks to make our city more bird-friendly by reducing unnecessary lighting, thereby preventing collisions with buildings, a leading cause of bird mortality.

"Lights Out Louisville is a simple yet impactful solution to protect birds flying through our city," said President Winkler. "By turning off unnecessary lights, both indoors and outdoors, and implementing bird-friendly lighting practices, we can significantly reduce bird fatalities while also conserving energy."

Here are some ways you can help:

  • Turn off unnecessary indoor lights and close shades or blinds in rooms with lights.
  • Turn off unneeded exterior lights. Use timers or motion sensors where possible for security lighting.
  • Adjust exterior lights to illuminate the ground rather than the sky.
  • Turn off lights near the tops of buildings and dim or extinguish lights in atriums, foyers, or other areas with large expanses of exterior glass.

For more information on “Lights Out Louisville” and how you can get involved, please visit the National Audubon Society's page at https://www.audubon.org/our-work/cities-and-towns/lights-out.

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