Lights Out at City Center

September 3,2021

Reposted from City Center Fort Worth

City Center Fort Worth will once again join the City of Fort Worth and Keep Fort Worth Beautiful in dimming lights during the fall migratory period as hundreds of millions of birds pass through Texas. This will include dimming non-essential lights from 11 p.m. – 6 a.m. inside and outside the Bank of America Tower and the Wells Fargo Tower from September 5th – October 29th. City Center also participated in the Lights Out, Texas program last spring.

“It’s vitally important City Center does its part to protect migratory birds as they pass through our city,” said Johnny Campbell, President and CEO of City Center Management. “According to Texan by Nature, brightly lit buildings can confuse birds as they’re flying at night, causing them to crash into the buildings. Small businesses and homeowners are also encouraged to join the effort.”

Laura Bush, founder of Texan by Nature, suggested the following measures for everyone in North Texas to protect migratory birds:

  • Turn off all non-essential lights from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. each night. 
  • Do not use landscape lighting to light up trees or gardens where birds may be resting. 

For essential lights, such as security lighting, use the following friendly lighting practices: 

  • Aim lights down 
  • Use lighting shields to direct light downwards and to avoid light shining into the sky or trees
  • Use motion detectors and sensors so lights are only on when you need them 
  • Close blinds at night to reduce the amount of light being emitted from windows
  • Share your efforts on social media to encourage friends to join you