Action: Use volunteers to collect downed birds and rehabilitate them
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- We found no evidence that report on the effectiveness of using volunteers to collect and rehabilitate downed birds.
'No evidence' for an action means we have not yet found any studies that directly and quantitatively tested this action during our systematic journal and report searches. Therefore we have been unable to assess whether or not the action is effective or has any harmful impacts. Please get in touch if you know of such a study for this action.
A lot of the mortality caused by birds crashing into lights is not direct collision mortality, but caused by stunned and injured birds being predated (e.g. by gulls after crashing onto oil rigs, van de Laar 2007) or dying of dehydration. If volunteers or conservationists can collect downed birds soon after they crash and rehabilitate them, they may be able to greatly reduce collision mortality.
van de Laar, F. J. T. (2007) Green light to birds: Investigation into the effect of bird friendly lighting. Report NAM locatie L15-FA-1. NAM, Assen, The Netherlands.