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Friday, May 12, 2023 
10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Presented by: Christine Sheppard

How to Design a More Bird-Friendly Building


  • Why birds matter
  • Why birds can’t see glass
  • Bird/glass collisions: The magnitude of the problem

Causes of bird collisions

  • Glass reflectivity
  • Glass transparency (fly-through effect)
  • Passage effect
  • Light pollution

Can “bird-friendly” be defined objectively?

  • Current research
  • Tunnel testing and rating glass
  • Cost

Mandates and guidelines promoting bird-friendly design

  • Legislation: San Francisco, Oakland, New York City, Minnesota, and more
  • LEED Pilot Credit #55: Reducing Bird Collisions

Case studies

  • University of Minnesota
  • Center for Global Conservation

Bird-friendly buildings around the world




Webinar Instructions
Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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Professional Engineers:
2.0 PDHs

2.0 HSW CE Hours

2.0 LU|HSW*

International Code Council:
.2 CEUs (Sustainability)**

*Live course approval. Pre-approval for on-demand format may be available upon request.
**Live course approval. Not approved for on-demand format.


Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 2.0 PDHs for professional engineers and 2.0 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects in all states that allow this learning method. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility. 

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses. 

 The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 2.0 HSW LUs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES. 

 The International Code Council has approved this event for .2 CEUs in the specialty area of Sustainability (Preferred Provider No. 1232). 

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed). 


Christine Sheppard, Ph.D.

Director, Glass Collisions Program at American Bird Conservancy

Christine Sheppard has been Director of American Bird Conservancy’s Glass Collisions Program since its inception in 2009. She has created a program to evaluate and rate materials for use in bird-friendly design and glass remediation, authored Bird-Friendly Building Design, led the team that wrote LEED Pilot Credit 55: Bird Collision Deterrence, and has consulted on legislation requiring bird-friendly design throughout the US.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: How to Design a More Bird-Friendly Building

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course examines why birds matter and why they can’t see glass, causes of bird collisions, how “bird-friendly” can be defined, mandates and guidelines promoting bird-friendly design, and how bird-friendly construction is compatible with other goals of green design.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to explain why birds matter to our ecosystems, why they cannot see glass, and the causes of their collisions with buildings.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to discuss current research findings that help define “bird-friendly” in the context of building glass.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to site important examples of cities that have enacted mandates and guildines for bird-friendly building design.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to discuss how bird-friendly construction is compatible with other goals of green design.

LUs: 2.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with design and construction

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 04/20/2024

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.