Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) adult standing on fallen tree

City of Raleigh Joins Lights Out for Birds Initiative

Every spring and fall, millions of birds travel through the state of North Carolina. The City of Raleigh is joining an international Lights Out effort by implementing a citywide initiative, effective April 21 through May 12, to protect migratory birds that pass through our region. 

City staff are helping this initiative by turning off all non-essential lighting in City facilities from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night. These efforts will help minimize bright lights that may attract and disorient nocturnal migrating birds from potential collisions with buildings or exposure to additional daytime hazards. Taking these steps to decrease the amount of light our buildings emit during this timeframe will also save costs by reducing energy consumption and supports the City’s sustainability goals and objectives.