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It is estimated that a billion birds die and countless others are injured each year in North America as a result of window collisions!


Chicago Bird Collision Monitors (CBCM) is an all-volunteer conservation project dedicated to the protection of migratory birds through rescue, advocacy and outreach.

CBCM works to protect and recover migratory birds that are killed and injured in the downtown Chicago area each spring and fall migration. Confusing lights and glass building design cause thousands of birds migrating along the lakefront to collide with downtown buildings. Our teams spend the early morning hours recovering these birds to save the injured and document the fatalities that have occurred.

We promote bird-safe lighting and building design to reduce bird collision hazards. Our project collaborates with building management, architects, planners and the public to prevent bird collisions.


Spring migration is coming!

Attend one of the upcoming Chicago Bird Collision Monitors training classes to learn how you can participate in our rescue and conservation work.

Training Schedule

Opening February 6, 2016 Broken Journeys

See the "Broken Journeys" photo exhibit at the Peggy Notebaert Museum. Photographer Art Fox captures the beauty of thousands of migratory birds that have tragically died on their travels through the urban hazards of Chicago.

February 28, 2016 Peggy Notebaert Volunteer Expo

Visit us at the Peggy Notebaert Volunteer Expo on February 28, 2016

April 20, 2016 For the Love of Birds

Come to the "For the Love of Birds" presentation at the Emily Oaks Nature Center in Skokie on April 20th from 7 - 8 pm. Learn about the work of CBCM and how we can help migratory birds have safer journeys.

CBCM and Willowbrook Wildlife Center in the news

Daily Herald article

Quigley, Griffith Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Prevent Millions of Bird Deaths

May 12, 2015 Press Release

Bill would require federal buildings to incorporate bird-safe measures

WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), along with Rep. Morgan Griffith (VA-09), introduced the Federal Bird-Safe Buildings Act, which would help prevent the deaths of millions of birds by including bird-safe building materials and design features across federal buildings.

"Migratory bird season in Chicago reminds us that birds are not only beautiful animals telling us that warmer weather is on its way; but they help generate billions of dollars annually to the U.S. economy through wildlife watching activities," said Rep. Quigley. "However, collisions with glass buildings claim hundreds of millions of bird lives each year in the U.S. The Federal Bird-Safe Buildings Act...read more

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Thank you for helping us help the birds.

Chicago Bird Collision Monitors (CBCM) is an all volunteer bird conservation project that operates under the auspices of
the Chicago Audubon Society.

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