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Lights Out Texas

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Spring bird migration will be underway soon and organizations across Texas will turn their lights out at night as we welcome hundreds of millions of birds migrating through our state on their way north from their southern wintering grounds.

Please join us in supporting this important effort to protect migrating birds by turning off all non-essential lights during the critical peak spring migration period from April 19 – May 7. Each night and each light turned out helps save migrating birds by reducing collisions with brightly lit buildings. 

The Lights Out Texas effort is led by a coalition of partners that includes conservation non-profits, universities, governmental organizations, and Texans dedicated to the conservation of birds. 

It’s easy to participate and it’s a win-win for business:

  • Simply turn off all non-essential lights from 11 PM - 6 AM during the migration season. 

  • Learn more about Lights Out Texas and sign up for bird migration alerts on the Lights Out Texas website 

  • Interested in gaining recognition for your efforts? Certify your building with Texas Conservation Alliance and contact info@texanbynature.org to learn more about recognition opportunities (include your logo, participate in a blog, provide a quote, and more!)

  • Interested in volunteering for Lights Out Texas with a local conservation organization? Contact info@texanbynature.org and they will connect you to organization’s in your city.

This spring, we hope to see cities and businesses across Texas take up the challenge and issue their own Lights Out proclamations in a state-wide effort to conserve birds. Bird collisions can occur at any point during the full spring migration of March 1 – June 15, we suggest prioritizing the window of April 19 – May 7, when half of the total spring bird migration traffic passes through Texas. As an added bonus, turning off non-essential lights also saves energy for cities, local businesses, and homeowners!

Please visit this website for information and contact info@texanbynature.org if you have questions or would like to learn more about how to get involved. Feel free to share this invitation far and wide - we hope every Texan will join us in this effort!