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Bird-Friendly Communities

How to: Create Window Clings to Prevent Bird Collisions

A fun & easy way to prevent spring migrants from flying into your windows.
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Photo: Jassen, Flickr cc
Bird-Friendly Communities

How to: Create Window Clings to Prevent Bird Collisions

A fun & easy way to prevent spring migrants from flying into your windows.

Warmer weather is here, and with it comes flowers, and our songbirds. Songbirds are arriving from as far as South America to find nesting sites to raise their young.  While looking for a spot to nest or foraging for food, natural hazards are always close by.  Whether the threats be animals or larger birds, songbirds are always trying to protect themselves and their young from nearby dangers.  Unfortunately, one hazard they are unable to protect themselves from are windows.

Many people enjoy watching the birds as they visit feeders, search for insects in the grass, or travel from tree to tree.  However, while on their daily foraging flights, windows cause unnecessary injuries to birds ranging from stunned birds to broken wings and necks.  To help reduce window injuries, window clings are quick, easy, inexpensive, and family-fun activities to help protect our feathered friends.

To make window clings, all you need is:

  • Clear medium such as sheet protectors, transparences, or zip storage bags (can be found at the Dollar Store)
  • Clip art outline of your favorite bird
  • Permanent markers
  • Removable adhesive or mini suction cups.

To make simple transparences picture, place the transparence on the clipart, outline and color with permanent marker and hang. 

Photo: D. Richardson, Audubon New York

For “stained glass” window clings, you will need:

  • Clear medium such as sheet protectors, transparences, or zip storage bags (can be found at the Dollar Store)
  • Clip art outline of your favorite bird
  • Permanent markers
  • White glue (Elmer’s works the best)
  • Small plastic cups
  • Food coloring
  • Dish soap
  • Paint brushes

Directions

  1. Place the transparence on the clipart, outline with marker.
  2. Paint mixture:  add 3 to 4 ounces of glue to plastic cup.  Add 2 to 3 drops of food coloring and one drop of dish soap.  Stir and paint.
  3. Track outline with glue mixture and allow to dry.  
    For best results:  Thicker layers of glue are easier to handle when dry and easier to be seen by birds.
  4. When dry, fill in rest of drawing.  When painting, make sure all areas of picture are touching each other. 
  5. Allow to completely dry.
  6. Peel off transparency and affix to window. 
  7. Peels off easy when no longer needed.