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Why are there dead birds on the sidewalk near BB&T downtown?

Shelby Sebens

Every year several birds show up dead on sidewalks downtown after colliding into glass windows and doors. Employees of The Harrelson Co., which owns the BB&T building at 115 N. Third St., Wilmington [Map this], say they have researched why this occurs. There are two main reasons birds collide with glass, ultimately leading to their demise. First, glass is invisible to birds and when they see a potted plant inside or the reflection of trees across the street, they flight straight into the glass.

Lisa Britt, property manager of The Harrelson Co., said the holly trees across the street shoot a reflection into the BB&T building’s glass.

“The birds see that and they go straight to it,” she said.

Another reason birds might be turning up dead this time of year has to do with night time migration. Birds that migrate at night often become lured by lights in tall buildings. Sometimes the buildings just happen to be in the path of the bird’s migration, according to information provided by Britt.

She also added that BB&T is not the only building where this occurs.

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