Laura Erickson's For the Birds

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Bell Museum, please reconsider!

Oh, my. Birdchick posted on her blog that the Bell Museum of Natural History is going to be moving to a new building--a literally new one. They showed off the plans for the new construction at the MOU Paper Session yesterday. But they developed a design that has a huge window--a potential bird disaster. I don't know if this is part of their plan to get new specimens for the museum (I'm being facetious here, but Bob Zink MUST realize that windows are one of the main sources of bird specimens) or they're trying to save money on construction costs (glass is cheaper than many building materials). I sure hope they reconsider. Read the details at Birdchick's blog. If they do keep these plans despite the obvious irony of a natural history facility killing potentially thousands of birds, I hope they develop effective screening. Several facilities did just this as shown on my safe windows page.


  1. According to Dr Scott Lanyon, the museums director, the design for the new building for the Bell museum where approved by the University, since they are the ones that are paying the bill, not the museum themselves. At the MOU paper sessions Dr Lanyon said that when they received the approved plans they were also concerned about the windows and they have already begun to look into options to minimize bird window collisions. It is a shame that this design was chosen but unfortunately many times the people who make the final decision care more about aethstetics and cost then they do our friends in nature.

  2. I emailed one of the reps for the project and addressed the issue to her. Hopefully she will email me back and like Jeff has said the Bell is going to find ways to address this issue. Hopefully I will learn more and get more details on this.

    Mike H