A view of York Minster from a side street.“Silent Skies” is an international super-mural mosaic featuring 678 endangered species of birds in the world. 160 members of Artists for Conservation from 15 countries participated in the program. Through the efforts of the St. Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce and members of the “Silent Skies St. Louis” committee, the exhibit will be displayed in St. Louis next spring for six weeks starting on Earth Day, April 22, 2020. The exhibit will feature a super-mural mosaic of 27 panels featuring birds that are endangered. The Gateway Arch, St. Louis Zoo and the Missouri Botanical Garden will each host a portion of the display.
To support the conservation element of the exhibit, a “Lights Out St. Louis” program has been developed to coincide with the art display. The program encourages businesses and the general public to turn off (or at least reduce) lights on their buildings and properties to reduce fatalities of birds during spring migration. The "Lights Out St. Louis" program will encompass additional events such as star gazing, astrophotography and programs to measure the change in sky brightness.
Why is the "Lights Out" Program Important?
What Other Organizations are Participating?
How Can My Organization Participate?
- Turn off unnecessary lighting, especially near the tops of buildings, between 10:00 pm and sunrise when most night migrants are flying
- Put necessary lighting on timers or use motion sensors
- Make sure external lighting is down shielded
- Dim or extinguish lobby or atrium lightings
How Do I Learn More?
To learn more about the "Lights Out St. Louis" program including how to apply for recognition, please visit the St. Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce "Silent Skies" project page.
We hope that participating organizations will take the "Lights Out" steps even further by adopting these actions throughout the year.
How Can The General Public Participate?
We encourage the general public to participate in the project by taking the same actions as noted above for organizations and by spreading the word to friends and neighbors. The inappropriate or excessive use of artificial light – known as light pollution – can have serious environmental consequences for humans, wildlife, and our climate. Learn more about the consequences of light pollution at the website of the International Dark-Sky Association.
The following are the current member organizations of the "Silent Skies/Lights Out" working committees:
- St. Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce
- St. Louis Zoo
- St. Louis Audubon Society
- Audubon Center at Riverlands
- Missouri Chapter of the International Dark-Sky Association
- Toronto 2017 Bird-Friendly Development Guidelines
- Bird Friendly Building Design – American Bird Conservancy and New York City Audubon Society, 2015
- Birds and light pollution, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
- Lights Outs is a Turn-On for Birds
- Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) in Canada