St. Louis Gateway Arch goes dark to help migratory birds | FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV

ST. LOUIS – Songbirds travel along the Mississippi on their annual migration, and The Gateway Arch turns off the lights to make their journey easier.

“It is high season for migration,” said Erin Hilligoss, director of education for Gateway Arch National Park. “The birds fly along the Mississippi flight path and use the river as a kind of road map. You will find places to stop, eat and rest. So they fly right past our great monument, Gateway Arch National Park. So we will be turning off our lights during the first two weeks of May to prevent them from becoming disoriented by this upward lighting. “

The plan was first announced in September 2018. Since then, it has become a tradition for birds to navigate the Mississippi flight path and the Gateway Arch to go dark in the fall and spring to aid conservation efforts.

“You just get a little disoriented by the upward lighting pointing up at the sky,” said Hilligoss. “So the lighting confuses them and can cause birds to crash into our buildings. That is why we want to make sure that they are exposed to as few risks as possible on their dangerous journey. “

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Millions of songbirds migrate north from South and Central America, according to the National Park Service and the Audubon Society.

The migratory birds stop and look for food. You will be assisted by the dark memorial as you cruise the windy Mississippi Canal towards Canada.

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