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Boy’s Invisible Invention Warns Birds About Windows

Submitted by on January 25, 2009 – 6:48 pm2 Comments
Charlie Sobcov by Emily Chung

Charlie Sobcov by Emily Chung

Charlie Sobcov, an eighth grader from Ottawa, Canada invented plastic decals that that will help prevent birds from flying into windows. What’s different about his decals is that they are clear. They are coated with a special ultraviolet paint. Most decals have pictures on them which can get in the way of the view. His won’t.

“This paint is a colour that birds can see but humans can’t,” he said Wednesday on CBC Radio’s All in a Day. “It’s like putting a big stop sign in the middle of the window.”

Four years ago he went on a trip to Costa Rico with his family. Here he discovered a love birds.

“He later read that about 500 million birds a year in Mexico, the U.S. and Canada were dying as a result of crashing into windows. Many deadly bird collision are with the windows of skyscrapers along their migratory paths.”

So he decided to help save some birds.

[Ottawa boy's invisible invention warns birds about deadly windows]

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