Leave the lights off

Photo courtesy of Reunion Tower

Reunion Tower is once again doing its part to help protect birds migrating south through North Texas. Starting this week and continuing through Oct.10, between 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., Reunion Tower will join other buildings in dimming its lights to 50-percent. To raise awareness as part of the “Lights Out Texas” initiative, led by former First Lady Laura Bush, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson issued a proclamation declaring that period as “Lights Out Nights” in Dallas. Every spring and fall, nearly two billion birds travel through Texas at night. This massive passage of birds, one of the largest on the planet, occurs at night, conflicting with nighttime illumination. Light attracts these migrating birds, making them vulnerable to collisions with buildings. — Kimber Westphall