Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Cities from Space - Toronto, Canada

Day seven brings us to Toronto, Canada. This view, taken through some broken clouds shows Toronto as it was seen January 9, 2011 by the Expedition 26 crew of the International Space Station:

Image from NASA's The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth

Toronto is home to the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP). The organizers of FLAP have been working hard to raise awareness that illuminated buildings are a danger to birds. Each year in Toronto, over a million birds are killed by colliding with buildings. They are attracted by light at night and either collide with buildings or become trapped in beams of light and fly until they are exhausted. Migratory birds are especially prone to the dangers posed by city lights.

Have a look at their website to learn more.

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