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Lights Out Heartland Building Program


Join Lights Out Heartland - Protect Migrating Birds!

Building Owners Can Take Action in May and September – Midnight to Sunrise 

The Mississippi Flyway is used by 60% (over 325 species) of North American songbirds as a migration highway in the spring and fall. Lights Out Heartland calls on owners of buildings to help protect birds during the high migration intensity months of May and September. Lights Out Heartland recommends these five actions to reduce light pollution and save birds - while also saving energy and money!! 

Lights Out Heartland recognizes that not all actions may be possible for a specific building due to safety, security, or other constraints.  Cumulatively these actions will minimize light pollution from enrolled buildings and help to provide safe passage for migratory birds.   

  1. Turn off exterior decorative lighting, leaving security lighting on as needed.
  2. Turn off lights or draw shades to block interior lighting that can be seen from the outside, especially on upper floors.
  3. Dim or reduce lobby or atrium lighting, especially after business hours.
  4. Moderate necessary indoor or exterior lighting on timers or motion sensors so those areas are lit only as needed.
  5. Limit exterior lighting to the ground level, through down-shielding or moderating lighting controls.

Your organization agrees that "recognition information" sent to us can be posted on this website and websites of "Lights Out Heartland Partners".  If you are unable to provide your organization's logo during this submission, you can complete the form without sending the logo and send it us later by email.


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Turn lights out during bird migration to help birds travel safe.

LEARN MORE: Scientific evidence suggests that artificial light at night has negative and deadly effects on many creatures including amphibians, birds, mammals, insects and plants. Learn more at DarkSkyMissouri.org or DarkSky.org.