Millions Of Birds Could Be Saved Thanks To This Change By The FAA
The FAA implements new red lights on towers after studies found birds are distracted by them, are attracted to them and fly straight into them.By Katie Link | March 24, 2016
For pilots, they're a safety beacon; for birds, they're a death wish. We’re talking about red static tower lights.
According to a 2012 study, some 6.8 million birds die each year in the U.S. and Canada because of the red lights on communication towers. The birds — specifically migratory birds — are distracted by them, they're attracted to them, they get exhausted circling them, they run into them ... well you get the picture.
After being pushed to make some changes, the Federal Aviation Administration set up a test in Michigan to see if flashing the red lights on top of those towers helped reduce bird fatalities.