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About Birdphilic

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What does birdphilic mean? 

Birdphilic is a focus on bird conservation as part of sustainable design goals and fostering a connection between humans and nature through bird-protecting design and avian inspired art and architecture. 

The term birdphilic is inspired by the concept of biophilic design. Biophilic design is a concept in architecture and design to include human connection to nature through direct or indirect use of nature in spaces or place.

Image: ©Judy Bowes

Birdphilic researches and communicates currently available bird protecting designs to architects, designers, conservationists, policymakers, and the public. Effectively communicating design solutions to the threats birds face in the built environment is just as important as the solutions themselves. Birdphilic, founded and led by Judy Bowes, researches and communicates interdisciplinary information committed to reducing bird fatalities through thoughtful design. 

Adopting bird protecting designs in sustainable building design, education, and policy can protect declining avian populations. Each year in the U.S., 365-988 million birds die due to bird building collisions. This enormous loss contributes to the overall decline of birds in North America, a net loss of 29% since 1970, making collisions a critical conservation issue.  

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