Lights Out Twin Cities

Save Birds • Save Energy • Save Money



Impression left by Cooper's Hawk after hitting a window.

Bird Safe - video of local efforts.

Why Lights Out?

Most birds migrate at night and can be drawn off course by tall, lighted structures in their flight path.  Many birds are killed or injured in collisions with buildings or drop from exhaustion after circling them, reluctant to fly out of the light.

Lights out programs can dramatically reduce these collisions.

Here's how to help:

Building owners, managers and employees can save birds and energy by turning off unnecessary lights during spring and fall migration. It's easy and the savings are there for everyone!

What can you do?

  • Turn off exterior decorative lighting
  • Dim lobby and atrium lighting
  • Turn off interior lights - especially upper stories

When should you do it?

Between midnight and dawn

  • Spring: From March 15 to May 31
  • Fall: From August 15 to October 31

Current Twin Cities Lights out participants:


  • Health Partners
  • Normandale Lake Office Park
  • Reflections Condominiums


  • The Colonnade
  • General Mills


  • 20, 100 & 111 Washington Square
  • 225 South Sixth St.
  • 33 South Sixth St./City Center
  • Accenture Tower
  • Carlyle Condominium
  • Fifth St. Towers - 100 & 150 South Fifth St.
  • Fifty South Sixth
  • Grant Park Tower
  • Hennepin County Central Library
  • Hennepin County Government Center
  • Hennepin County Health Services Building
  • IDS Center
  • LaSalle Plaza
  • Mill Ruins Building
  • Mill City Museum
  • One Financial Plaza
  • RBC Plaza/Gaviidae Common II
  • Riverplace
  • Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
  • U.S. Bancorp Center
  • U.S. Bank Plaza
  • Wells Fargo


  • 301 & 401 Carlson Parkway
  • 601 Tower at Carlson Center
  • Carlson Center East I


  • One & Two Carlson Parkway


  • Gonda Building
  • Guggenheim Building
  • Hilton Building
  • Mayo Building
  • Seibens Building
  • Stabile Building


  • Bremer Tower Building
  • Ramsey County Government Center
  • Ramsey County Library
  • Saint Paul City Hall/Ramsey County Courthouse
  • Securian Financial East & West
  • Wilder Center
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Minnesota Department of Human Services

Download this printable flyer to learn more.

Cities like Toronto, Chicago, New York and Detroit already have successful Lights Out programs. Join them and help save birds!  For more information, please contact The Nongame Wildlife Program: 651-259-5100.

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