Abstract Submissions

Save a Billion Birds! welcomes the work of architects and scientists dedicated to saving birds through a better understanding and sensitivity to their luminous environments. We currently offer Zoological Lighting Institute scholarships and grants, and hope to create two post-doctorates in the near future. Additionally, we seek existing work for publication and inclusion in conferences and symposia in the coming years. 

Please submit abstracts for below for consideration under the following categories, or send via email to abstractsubmission@zoolighting.org with the heading Save a Billion Birds!:(category)(project title). We will compile the best work and produce publications dedicated to the cause.


The Sciences:

1. Physiology - Successful Abstracts within this Category will consider the role of light and light cycles upon the biology of the functions of living organisms and their parts, specifically birds and bird species.

2. Sensory Ecology - Successful Abstracts within this Category will consider the role of light in the spatial mapping, environmental information gathering/processing and navigation of birds and individual bird species.

3. Activity Partitioning / Distribution - Successful Abstracts within this Category will consider the role of light and light cycles in the ecological distribution of birds, both in time and space. Succcessful abstracts might include papers on migration, ecological niche partitioning or activity budgeting within a given ecosystem.

4. Monitoring - Key to legal action and adocacy is the monitoring of existing sites to demonstrate the problem to our communities. Successful abstracts in this category will explore the scope of the bird-collision crisis, and specifics regarding the  occurrence. of collisions in the environment.

The Creative Arts:

5.  Architectural Projects - ‘War on Glass’ Competition The Symposium requests design projects for presentation in conjunction with the ‘Save a Billion Birds!™ War on Glass Competition. Architects and architectural designers may submit design projects, executed or hypothetical, that eschew the use of transparent and reflective glass in toto and yet still achieve appropriate daylighting and a ‘successful' aesthetic. Submissions may provide case studies in creative ways to deploy bird-friendly design in urban planning, architecture, building component design (nest boxes, windows and screens, for example), or demonstrate the furtherance of current Bird-friendly Guidelines within completed projects.

6. Architectural Histories/Theories - Successful abstracts in Architectural History/Theories are requested, for presentation throughout the Conference and publication in the Proceedings. Submissions might consider relationships of birds within architectural cultures and theories, analogies of bird-related design (for example Aristophanes, Pliny, Stuart and Revitt… (not limited to the Greco-Roman tradition)), case studies (Aviaries, bird-houses), or relationships of biodiversity to architecture in general. 

7. Advocacy through Arts Projects - Successful projects in this category might be in literature, painting, drawing, sculpture, electronic arts, video, documentary film or other media. Their purpose s to make evident the collision crisis, either in scale and scope or in the value of every single bird lost to the poor architectural choice of reflective/ transparent glass

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