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A Draft Guide for Bird-friendly Building Design Introduced to Portland Architects, Developers, Building Managers, Planners and Bird Enthusiasts at June 14 Forum

BPS News


June 8, 2012


Audubon Society of Portland, City of Portland, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service collaborate with local architects to develop resource guide

Portland, ORE. – A draft Resource Guide to Bird-Friendly Building Design will be introduced at a forum for Portland's architects, developers, building managers, planners and interested Portlanders on June 14 during an evening event featuring a keynote speaker and panel discussion at KEEN Footwear.
Built landscapes can pose unique hazards for birds, and collisions are known to be a significant cause of death for birds. Research indicates that up to one billion birds die as a result of window collisions in the United States every year.
Bird-friendly building guidelines have already been developed in New York City, Toronto, Chicago, Minnesota and San Francisco to guide architects and developers in the innovative incorporation of bird-friendly elements into their design approaches. Bird-friendly designs can meet multiple objectives: emerging trends include synergistic use of patterns on windows to reduce solar heat gain, create branding, provide privacy and mark windows for birds.
What: A forum to introduce the new Resource Guide to Bird-Friendly Building Design, with a keynote address by Bruce Fowle of FXFOWLE Architects and panel discussion with regional experts
Who: Sponsored by the Audubon Society of Portland, City of Portland and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
When: Thursday, June 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: KEEN Footwear at 926 NW 13th Avenue, Portland
The document is a customization of American Bird Conservancy’s 2011 template guide, and is the culmination of collaborative work between Audubon Society of Portland, the City of Portland and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), with funding from USFWS’s Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds Program.
"The resource guide provides creative, practical solutions to help advance and complement City goals for sustainable development design in Portland and ensure that people and the natural environment are healthy and integrated into the cityscape," says Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Director Susan Anderson. "The resource guide is not about new regulations. Instead, it is a catalyst for community education, engagement and action."
The June 14 forum will feature:
Keynote Address
Bruce Fowle, FAIA, LEED
Founding Principal, FXFOWLE Architects
Bruce Fowle is the founding principal of FXFOWLE Architects, an internationally recognized, award-winning architectural, interior design, planning and urban design firm committed to design excellence, social responsibility and sustainability. FXFOWLE is responsible for such innovative projects as the New York Times Headquarters Building and the Center for Global Conservation in the Bronx Zoo, both of which incorporate bird-friendly design elements that meet other design and efficiency goals. 
Panel Discussion: Implementing Bird-friendly Design
Christine Sheppard, PhD
Bird Collisions Campaign Manager, American Bird Conservancy
Christine Sheppard has been both curator and chair of ornithology at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo, and serves as science advisor on the board of the Bird-safe Glass Foundation. In 2009, she joined ABC as bird collisions campaign manager and recently published Bird-friendly Building Design. Dr. Sheppard teaches American Institute of Architect continuing education classes in bird-friendly design and provides bird-friendly design consultation. She is an expert on bird behavior and conducts research into preventing bird collisions. She helped create San Francisco’s Standards for Bird-safe Buildings and led a team in developing LEED Pilot Credit #55 Bird Collision Deterrence.
AnMarie Rodgers
Manager of Legislative Affairs, San Francisco Planning Department
AnMarie Rodgers has initiated and shepherded legislative efforts that resulted in new city laws for green landscaping, urban agriculture and bird-safe buildings. She reviews upwards of 50 planning and land use ordinances a year. Ms. Rodgers has more than 10 years experience, including leading an 8-year community planning effort for the Market and Octavia Plan. This project rezoned a neighborhood after the removal of a freeway, promoting transit-oriented growth that increased density while working within the historic fabric of the neighborhood.
Alan Osborne AIA, LEED AP
Hennebery Eddy Architects
Alan is a creative designer and problem solver who is responsible for award-winning projects throughout the Northwest. As a principal at Hennebery Eddy, Alan leads all phases of design and ensures that client expectations are met. Alan graduated with honors from the University of Oregon, School of Architecture. He recently led a successful bird-friendly retrofit at Lewis & Clark Law School, which required careful balancing of treatment effectiveness and user acceptability.
To learn more about the event:
To see the draft Resource Guide for Bird-Friendly Building Design:
To register:
The City of Portland is committed to providing equal access to information. If you need accommodation, please contact us by phone 503-823-7700, by the city’s TTY at 503-823-6868 or by the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900. 
About Audubon Society of Portland 
For more than a century, the Audubon Society of Portland has been protecting Oregon’s wildlife and wild places. The goal of Audubon’s work is to promote the enjoyment, understanding, and protection of native birds, other wildlife and their habitats. Through conservation and environmental learning programs, Audubon Society of Portland educates 25,000 children and 5,000 adults each year. The 150-acre wildlife sanctuary, nature store and Wildlife Care Center in Northwest Portland attract 40,000 visitors annually. Oregon’s oldest and busiest wildlife rehabilitation facility treats over 3,000 injured or orphaned animals each year. The Audubon Society of Portland plays a key role in securing some of Oregon’s most significant environmental achievements. For more information, visit
About U.S. Fish & Wildlife  
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s work and the people who make it happen, visit
About the City of Portland  
The City of Portland was among the first U.S. cities to sign on to the Urban Migratory Bird Conservation Treaty in 2003.  Since then, numerous other cities have entered into the treaty with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. These cities are taking action to raise awareness, improve habitat and reduce risks to migratory birds that travel through their communities each year. Currently, the City of Portland Bureaus of Planning and Sustainability, Parks and Recreation, and Environmental Services are collaborating with agency and community partners to develop and build awareness of the Resource Guide for Bird-Friendly Building Design.