Mayor Eric Johnson declares Lights Out Nights in Dallas for spring bird migration

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Office of the Mayor, Eric Johnson

April 13, 2021

Tristan Hallman
Chief of Policy and Communications | 469.785.1421

Mayor Eric Johnson declares Lights Out Nights in Dallas for spring bird migration

DALLAS — Mayor Eric Johnson is again urging residents and businesses to turn out non-essential lights at night during a critical migratory period for birds in the United States.

Light pollution, prominent in major metropolitan areas, threatens birds migrating throughout the country. The birds are disoriented by lights at night and are more likely to collide with buildings as a result.

To raise awareness as part of the Lights Out Texas initiative, led by former First Lady Laura Bush, Mayor Johnson issued a proclamation declaring 11 p.m.-6 a.m. between April 19 and May 7 as "Lights Out Nights" in Dallas.

"Taking part in the Lights Out Texas initiative is a simple and effective way to help our ecosystem and conserve energy," Mayor Johnson said. "I am proud of the way our city's residents and businesses have helped the cause by turning off their lights during previous migratory periods. I encourage all the people of Dallas to again consider turning off unnecessary lighting and darkening our night sky during the next few weeks."

Here is the language of the mayor's proclamation:

WHEREAS, Every spring and fall, nearly two billion birds travel through the State of Texas; This number represents between a quarter and a third of all birds migrating throughout the United States; and

WHEREAS, It is important to recognize this massive migration of birds occurs at night; and

WHEREAS, These birds must contend with a rapidly increasing but still under-recognized threat: light pollution; Light attracts and disorients these migrating birds, confusing them and making them vulnerable to collisions with buildings and other urban threats; and

WHEREAS, The extensive and intense light pollution from Texas cities, combined with the enormous bird migration, creates a particularly hazardous environment; In one study, Dallas ranked No. 3 of the 125 most populous American cities for exposing migrating birds to light pollution; and

WHEREAS, The City of Dallas is a community that cares about protecting wildlife and the environment; Dallas is recognized as one of the seven cities certified as a “Bird City” by Texas Parks and Wildlife; and

WHEREAS, Dallas is joining an international Lights Out effort by proposing and implementing a simple solution to protect birds: turning off non-essential lighting during critical migration periods; Turning off non-essential lights dramatically reduces hazards to migrating birds, allowing them to safely proceed with their journeys; and

WHEREAS, With each passing season, light pollution continues to increase, and more birds are at risk; and

WHEREAS, Lights Out Texas is a statewide initiative that aims to raise awareness of this issue and is led by a coalition of conservation non-profits, universities, governmental organizations, and Texans dedicated to the conservation of birds; and

WHEREAS, All Dallas residents and business owners are encouraged to help protect birds by turning off all non-essential lighting in downtown and beyond during the spring critical bird migration period, which is between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. from April 19th, 2021 until May 7th, 2021 in Texas.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, ERIC JOHNSON, Mayor of the City of Dallas, do hereby proclaim the nights of April 19th through May 7th, 2021 as


in Dallas, Texas.

For more information, find an informational video and other resources at the BirdCast Lights Out page, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.