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Posted September 9, 2022

Bird-Friendly Penn Invites Submissions for Design Ideas Competition

Students, Philly’s birds need your help. 

In the latest effort from Bird-Friendly Penn, a campus-wide initiative to make Penn more hospitable, Weitzman students are invited to create signage for Penn buildings to help birds steer clear and minimize the fatal collisions that are now commonplace.

Philadelphia is located along the Atlantic Americas Flyway, which extends from the tip of South America to the Canadian Arctic. Food sources and nesting areas—from backyards to parks and street trees—support the many billions of migrating birds that make this route annually. The Penn campus also plays a vital role, providing seasonal or year-round habitat to some 80 species of birds, but it also presents the risk of collision with glass windows.

The competition is called Disrupt the Reflection and it’s open to all current Weitzman students. Submissions are due by midnight (Eastern time) on Monday, November 7, and the complete guidelines can be found on the Disrupt the Reflection website.

Three prize winners will receive $1000 each and up to three honorable mentions will be awarded as well. Winners are expected to be announced on Sunday, November 30.

Questions can be directed to disruptthereflectionpenn@gmail.com. Emails will be answered within 1 day. If you have not received a response within 2-3 days, please follow-up.

Bird-Friendly Penn is led by the Penn Facilities & Real Estate Services Landscape Architecture Group in partnership with Penn Sustainability and Weitzman Landscape Architecture.