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No Fowl Play Here: The What and Why of Bird-safe Design

Session 2A | 11:20 - 12:20 PM

No Fowl Play Here: The What and Why of Bird-safe Design

Session 2A | 10:10 - 11:10 AM


Over 1 billion birds die annually as a result of striking human-made structures. The biggest offender for bird fatalities? Glass. Supported by Muhlenberg College’s renowned professor of ornithology, this session will explore the latest research about bird-safe design. Using The College’s pioneering Fahy Commons project as an example, the architect and sustainability consultant will review bird-safe strategies implemented on this LBC Core project and discuss the importance of creating an inclusive built environment for our feathered friends. 


  1. Outline the guidelines and best practices related to bird-safe design 
  2. Identify bird-safe strategies that can be implemented on various project types and applications 
  3. Understand the challenges and problem-solving techniques to optimize bird-safe design efficacy 
  4. Be able to comply with bird-safe design being introduced in legislation and green building standards 

Meet the Speakers

Angela Iraldi

Switch hitting between right brain and left brain, Angela balances strong technical understanding with communication skills that make her well-suited to working across the entire spectrum of Re:Vision’s sustainability consulting services. As an experienced commissioning, sustainability, and facilities planning consultant, Angela knows her way around both the boiler room and the board room.

Elias Agia

Eli is a committed designer who is equally driven to achieve quality architectural processes, outcomes, and relationships. With a strong track record working with universities, schools, and developers, Eli looks holistically at how spaces elevate the ways we live and learn.

Daniel Klem, Jr.

Daniel Klem, Jr. is Sarkis Acopian Professor of Ornithology and Conservation Biology at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Among other diverse avian investigations, for 48 years and continuing to the present, he studies, writes, and teaches about the threat that sheet glass and plastic pose to birds. No other scientist comprehensively has studied and published research results documenting and evaluating the means to prevent this human-associated avian mortality factor. He is motivated by available and growing evidence that bird-window collisions are an important wildlife conservation, building industry, legal, and animal welfare issue for birds and people worldwide. His continuing goal is to make the human-built environment safe for birds, and his latest contribution explaining and providing solutions for the avian window threat is a new book (2021): Solid Air Invisible Killer: Saving Billions of Birds from Windows.

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