NASA changes date, distance of asteroid flyby: it still won’t hit us

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Last month NASA reported that an asteroid was going to make a close flyby of Earth, but that the distance wasn’t known. Now the space agency says they have a better idea as to how close the flyby will be.

Initially, it was believed that asteroid 2013 TX68 would make its closest flyby of Earth on March 5. Now, after collecting further data, NASA says that the relatively small asteroid will pass on March 8.

READ MORE: Asteroid set to buzz Earth, but just how close isn’t known

But don’t panic: NASA said the asteroid poses no threat to Earth. In fact, it’s believed that the 2013 TX68 won’t come any closer than five million km from Earth. Initial estimates had the asteroid passing between 14 million and 17,000 km. There is still a small chance that it will fly about 24,000 km above Earth.

This graphic depicts the orbit of asteroid 2013 TX68 as of Feb. 25, 2016.

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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While it may seem worrying that NASA wasn’t able to get better estimates, the problem was that the asteroid was only discovered in October 2013 and observed for a short amount of time. Astronomers need to collect as much data as possible to calculate an object’s orbital path.

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But the good news is, the new observations have allowed the astronomers to confirm that there is no chance that 2013 TX68 will collide with Earth in the next 100 years.

If you were hoping to see the asteroid for yourself, no such luck.

“There is no concern whatsoever regarding this asteroid – unless you were interested in seeing it with a telescope,” said Paul Chodas, manager of NASA’s Center for NEO (near-Earth objects) Studies. “Prospects for observing this asteroid, which were not very good to begin with, are now even worse because the asteroid is likely to be farther away, and therefore dimmer than previously believed.”

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Super kitchens: Stove, sink, fridge … and wifi countertop?

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Kitchens have always served as more than cooking and eating spaces. Generations of kids have done homework at kitchen tables. Parents claim counter space to organize family miscellany, tap out work emails on laptops or install a television.

But now those work and entertainment uses are part of kitchen design from the get-go.

The era of the “super kitchen” has arrived.

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    “Our findings show that homeowners expect kitchen renovations to go far beyond improving flow, storage or esthetics,” said Nino Sitchinava, principal economist at Houzz长沙桑拿, in announcing the site’s 2016 Kitchen Trends Survey. “The ‘super kitchen’ has literally become a living room, family room and office, with finishes, layouts and decor that challenge us to define where the kitchen ends and the rest of the home begins.”

    Interior designer Mikel Welch calls the kitchen “the new epicenter of the house.”

    “Everybody’s working from home,” and they often prefer doing that in an open kitchen rather than a sequestered home office.

    What are the features of a true “super kitchen”?

    HIGH-TECH STATIONS

    Designer Tiffany Brooks, host of HGTV‘s “Most Embarrassing Rooms in America,” says homeowners want technology within easy reach, but protected from food and drink spills. Some add a built-in iPad docking area or laptop station on a counter, while others choose the less expensive option of adding a tablet dock mounted under a cabinet, with an arm that swings out.

    People also want power. Pop-up outlets are being installed directly into countertops, says Sarah Fishburne, director of trend and design for the Home Depot. Wireless “charging countertops” are also available, including LG’s Tech Top and Dupont Corian. And homeowners are adding extra power outlets throughout the kitchen, and designing dedicated charging areas with power strips.

    The goal, says Fishburne, is to have “many outlets readily available for anything you might need to plug in, from computer to glue gun.”

    Another tech choice: Dishwashers that run almost silently, so they won’t distract you while you’re working in the kitchen. And full-size televisions are being added to the main cooking area so you can do your binge-watching in the same place where you try to avoid binge-eating.

    The traditional focus of kitchen planning — a stove-sink-refrigerator triangle — has become a square, Welch says, with the TV added as a core necessity.

    Occasionally, new kitchen technology does involve food: “Warming drawers are huge,” Brooks says. Because many people work nontraditional hours, “somebody is cooking at 2,” she says, “but then somebody is eating at 5, and somebody is coming home at 9.”

    And some people, Welch says, “want to essentially bring Starbucks to them.” Restaurant-quality drink facilities are being added to home kitchens, including elaborate built-in tea and coffee stations, built-in soda systems, faucets with a sparkling water spigot and temperature-controlled wine refrigerators.

    MORE SURFACES, MORE SEATING, MORE STORAGE

    “An emerging trend is two islands being incorporated into a kitchen, if there is space,” says Fishburne.

    “This allows for a prep island and an island to accommodate other family functions like work or homework while you are preparing dinner.”

    Several of Welch’s design clients have requested oversize countertops that “allow six to eight people to comfortably sit with barstools,” he says.

    Lounging-friendly seating is a priority, whether or not guests will be eating. If a kitchen doesn’t have space for a sectional sofa or other large seating, some homeowners are knocking down walls to merge the kitchen with other rooms. Houzz says half of its survey respondents reported making their kitchens more open to other indoor spaces.

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    And along with opening up the kitchen to the rest of the house, many homeowners are decorating the kitchen to match other rooms.

    “The kitchen is becoming a lot prettier,” Brooks says.

    “It is what the living room was” years ago.

    The kitchen backsplash area can be a creative showcase, the designers say, using custom-made tiles or even antique mirrored glass.

    Kitchen storage, too, is becoming more stylish and more organized. Closet-design systems originally conceived for bedroom closets are now being used to organize kitchen cabinets and pantries, Brooks says.

    READ MORE: New ‘super pantry’ trend a secret weapon for kitchen decluttering

    And rather than cramming work papers or family files into a cabinet designed for dishes, designers are building office and crafts storage into the kitchen. Many kitchens now have desks or computer workstations, and the days of bringing in “horrible, chunky rolling cabinets” to store files is over, says Welch. Non-kitchen items are stored in “built-ins that match the rest of the kitchen.”

    Whether they’re asking for the most flattering lighting or details like high-end brass cabinet pulls, clients want everything to be beautiful, Welch says. More than ever, they want “that visual ‘wow’ factor.”

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Growlers can now be filled at liquor stores

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REGINA – If you’re a fan of craft beer in Saskatchewan, the province is going to make it easier for you to fill up your growler.

Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA), off-sale outlets, franchises and private stores are now eligible to the popular refillable vessels.

“Interest in craft beer continues to grow but many of these unique products are not always available in cans or bottles,” Minister responsible for SLGA Don McMorris said.

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    “Expanding the locations eligible to provide growler fills will give consumers additional opportunities to enjoy craft beer products in their homes.”

    Growlers are reusable containers used by craft beer drinkers, and once you buy a growler you are able to use it over and over again, only paying for the actual beer. Until now, growlers were only able to be filled at microbreweries and brew pubs where the beer was made.

    “This is great news not only for our business but for the craft beer industry overall,” Rebellion Brewing President and Brewmaster Jamie Singer said.

    “Until now, customers could only get growler fills from our onsite brewery or the farmers’ market. This change will open up new retail opportunities for our products, which is something our customers have been asking for.”

    Businesses that decide to offer growler fills will be required to include at least one tap that is Saskatchewan-made beer.

    Two SGLA stores – one in Regina and Saskatoon – will implement growler filling stations as part of the pilot project.

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Sugar tax? Senate committee urges overhaul of Canada’s Food Guide to combat obesity

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OTTAWA – Canada’s Food Guide, which presents fruit juice as a healthy choice, is in need of an drastic overhaul to help combat the country’s obesity crisis, a Senate committee warned Tuesday as it released findings of a study spanning more than a year.

The report paints a bleak picture of Canadians plagued with conditions linked to excess weight and takes direct aim at Health Canada’s recommendations on juices most commonly served at breakfast tables.

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    “Canada’s dated food guide is no longer effective in providing nutritional guidance to Canadians,” the report said. “Fruit juice, for instance, is presented as a health item, when it is little more than a soft drink without the bubbles.”

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    The report, which pegs the cost of obesity at between $4.6 billion and $7.1 billion a year in health-care needs and lost productivity, also suggested the committee got an earful on the failings of the food guide.

    “Several witnesses suggested that Canada’s Food Guide has been at best ineffective and, at worst, enabling with respect to the rising levels of unhealthy weights and diet-related chronic diseases in Canada,” it said.

    An overhauled food guide should be based on the latest science and must make strong statements about restricting consumption of highly processed foods, the study added.

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    It is critical that the federal government act to address the obesity epidemic, committee chair Sen. Kelvin Ogilvie said Tuesday.

    “We can’t sugar-coat it any longer,” he said. “The obesity crisis is real.”

    A significant reduction in sugar consumption would go a long way toward promoting normal body weight and improved health, he added.

    The report also suggested the government should consider a ban on advertising food and drinks to children and a possible tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.

    Not surprisingly, industry quickly shot back Tuesday after the report was released.

    In a statement, the Canadian Beverage Association rejected the sweetened-beverage tax option and said the drinks account for only a small portion of calories in Canadian diets.

    “Canada’s beverage companies already voluntarily provide a clear calorie label on the front of all of our products, in addition to what Health Canada requires as part of food labelling requirements, which includes the nutrition facts table and principle display panel labelling,” it said.

    “According to most recent, publicly available Canadian Community Health Survey … from Statistics Canada, soft drinks and fruit drinks accounted for only four per cent of the average Canadian’s daily calories.”

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    There are other offenders in the diet that contribute to weight gain and the development of chronic disease, but perhaps none as clearly identifiable as sugar-sweetened beverages, said Ottawa-based obesity specialist Dr. Yoni Freedhoff.

    “These are products we should be discouraging the consumption of and one of the levers that government has to utilize to help discourage the consumption of products that are themselves not good for the health of the population are taxes,” he said.

    “We see that with alcohol, we see that with tobacco and I’m hoping we will be seeing it soon with sugar-sweetened beverages as well.”

    In an interview with , Health Minister Jane Philpott said the Liberal government is reviewing the tax proposal but noted there are no current plans to introduce it.

    “I’m constantly surveying the landscape to look at how we can make sure that we encourage Canadians to have … healthy eating and drinking habits and so this is something that I’m certainly following closely,” she said. “We will continue to review it going forward.”

    The fruit juice issue is also on the government’s radar, Philpott added.

    “There is reason to be concerned about the sugar content of juice for sure and certainly any good dietician will tell you that it is best if we don’t drink our calories,” she said.

    The Senate committee findings, which follow a study conducted between February 2014 and June 2015, suggest that without government action, the obesity problem will only get worse.

    The numbers are already soaring – the number of obese adults in Canada has doubled since 1980 while the number of obese kids has tripled, the report said.

    Each year, 48,000 to 66,000 Canadians die from conditions linked to excess weight, it added, noting nearly two thirds of adults and one third of children are already obese or overweight.

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Murder suspect Marissa Shephard arrested in Moncton

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RCMP confirm they arrested murder suspect Marissa Shephard in Moncton early Tuesday afternoon.

Codiac RCMP Staff Sargent Mark Janes said Tuesday afternoon that Codiac watch officers made the arrest at about 12:30 p.m.

She was arrested in the area of Shediac Road and Lewisville Road along with two other adults after RCMP received a tip from the public.

“We found her, she was arrested, thank you to the public for helping us and assisting with the information, we would not have been able to do this without the help of the public,” Janes said.

Early reports said Shephard was arrested in a hotel, however RCMP say she and the two others were arrested on foot on the street.

WATCH: Amateur video shows the arrest of Marissa Shephard by RCMP outside a hotel in Moncton. Shephard can be seen in the back of the RCMP truck driving away.

RCMP say Shephard and the two others, who have not yet been charged, are scheduled to appear in court tomorrow morning.

Nation-wide arrest warrant

Shephard was wanted on a Canada-wide arrest warrant for first-degree murder and arson in connection with the death of Baylee Wylie.

“We are relieved that she has finally been caught,” a relative of Wylie told Global news.

RCMP had put out a plea to the public back in January asking for anyone with information about her to come forward.

Several other young people from the Moncton area have been arrested in connection with what police have described as the “extremely violent” murder of 18-year-old Wylie.

Shephard was the only remaining suspect not in police custody.

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Albertans ‘Twitter bomb’ premier and education minister over LGBTQ policy

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EDMONTON – Albertans who oppose the province’s new education guidelines are using social media to try to get their message across to the government, but the group’s #protectABkids hashtag is also being used by those who support the policy in question.

On Tuesday, a group said 1,000 Albertans will “桑拿会所 bomb” Minister of Education David Eggen and Premier Rachel Notley to show their opposition of the “Guidelines to Best Practices” document established by the education minister.

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    “We’ve written our letters and we’ve called our MLAs, but we don’t feel our collective voice is being heard. In fact, we feel Minister Eggen has dismissed, misrepresented and minimized our concerns as Albertans,” Theresa Ng, an Edmonton mother who helped organize the social media event, said.

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    Organizers of the social media campaign said they’ll tweet the same message to Eggen and Notley, using the hashtag #protectABkids.

    “We are advocating for a more thoughtful, balanced approach that considers respect for the diversity, safety and well-being of all children in our Alberta schools,” Ng said.

    “We believe there are more effective ways of addressing the needs of the LGBTQ community while also ensuring a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment for all students.”

    Donna Trimble, a Calgary mother, said her concerns with the guidelines centre around parental rights.

    “The Alberta government has become confused about its role and placed itself in the position of caregiver, which has thus led to guidelines that remove parents from their rightful position as the primary caregivers of their children. This will not help students, it will harm them.”

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    The group is asking the education minister to stop the mandatory requirement for school boards to develop LGBTQ-specific policies. The group would rather school boards use their own judgement regarding any policy regarding LGBTQ students.

    Eggen said the guidelines were meant to help school boards see how LGBTQ rights have been dealt with across Canada and throughout the world, in order for them to be in a better place to draft their own policies.

    “What the school boards must do is make sure there’s policy there that reflects that, but it doesn’t have to be exhaustive like the guidelines,” Eggen said.

    “It’s very important for us to remember that this is an educative process that we’re going through as well, and as we have this interaction I know that it will help for people to clarify that we’re not looking to diminish in any way anyone else’s human rights.”

    While the hashtag #protectABkids was initially used to 桑拿会所 bomb the province, a number of LGBTQ advocates and supporters took to the social media network to turn the conversation around, in support of the policy.

    Eggen has issued a March 31 deadline for Alberta’s 61 school boards to develop policies on how they will protect LGBTQ students. He said he’s already received draft policies from about one third of the province’s school boards.

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Osama bin Laden worried his wife had tracking device planted in her tooth

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Osama bin Laden feared an Iranian dentist had implanted a tracking chip in his wife’s tooth, according to newly released documents by U.S. intelligence agencies.

“I was told that you went to a dentist in Iran, and you were concerned about a filling she put in for you,” bin Laden wrote in a letter to his wife in Jan. 2011. “Please let me know in detail about anything that bothers you about any hospital in Iran or any suspicions that any of the brothers may have about chips planted in any way.”

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The letter was among 113 documents declassified and released by the Obama administration Tuesday that Navy SEALs had collected during the raid on the al-Qaida leader’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in May 2011.

In May, an initial release of documents showed bin Laden surrounding himself with books on conspiracy theories, news clippings and other materials.

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The latest release offers a window into bin Laden’s mindset in the final years of his life and his growing paranoia as U.S. forces closed in on him.

Writing under the alias Abu Abdallah, he said the dentist could have used a syringe to plant a chip under his wife’s skin.

“The size of the chip is about the length of a grain of wheat and the width of a fine piece of vermicelli,” he wrote. “I need to know the date you had the filling, also about any surgery you had, even if it was only a quick pinch.”

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He told his wife to destroy the letter after reading it.

Also included in the documents released Tuesday was bin Laden’s handwritten will, where he claimed to have $29 million and “on jihad, for the sake of Allah.”

“If I am to be killed,” he wrote in a 2008 letter to his father, “pray for me a lot and give continuous charities in my name, as I will be in great need for support to reach the permanent home.”

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Is gender selection during IVF wrong? Chrissy Teigen’s pregnancy reveal stirs up controversy

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They told the world they chose to have a baby girl.

Now, singer John Legend and his pregnant supermodel wife, Chrissy Teigen, are defending their decision to choose a female embryo during in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Last week, in a candid interview in which Teigen opened up about the couple’s difficulties with conceiving, the outspoken model also divulged that they chose their baby’s sex.

“I’ve made this decision. Not only am I having a girl, but I picked the girl from her little embryo. I picked her and was like, ‘Let’s put in the girl,’” Teigen told PEOPLE in an interview last week.

“I think I was most excited and allured by the fact that John would be the best father to a little girl. That excited me,” Teigen said.

Teigen says she was bombarded by social media attacks from people who insisted that she “threw away” healthy male embryos, or that the celebrity couple is taking advantage of resources others can’t afford and don’t have access to.

So how common is gender selection during IVF in Canada? Turns out, Canadian doctors aren’t allowed to disclose the sex of an embryo during the procedure, according to Dr. Heather Shapiro, president of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society. She’s also a fertility expert at Mount Sinai Hospital and a professor at the University of Toronto.

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“The Canadian values system is that we value females and males equally and these techniques are to be used for situations where there’s an incompatibility with life or a major compromise to life and we would not see sex as one of those things,” Shapiro told Global News.

Fertility treatments in Ontario, for example, are covered through government funding, under certain conditions. Genetic testing is readily available to check for medical conditions, but this technology is reserved for screening for risk of miscarriage or complications in a baby’s health.

While doctors can easily check on the sex of an embryo by day five, that information is withheld by law, Shapiro said.

She’s asked by expectant parents all the time.

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“There are lots of people who daydream of what their family would look like so it’s not uncommon,” Shapiro said.

In the meantime, Teigen told ABC News that she “didn’t realize” gender selection was such a hot-button issue.

“I said it so casually that I didn’t anticipate all the people who had never heard of such a thing before,” she said.

“We’re happy with our decision and we’re proud of it and we’re glad that we’re living in a time where we could do such a thing. But it’s weird, we definitely didn’t anticipate any kind of backlash from it.”

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Sask. NDP promises to improve mental health care

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REGINA – The Saskatchewan NDP, if elected, would expand mental health care and make it more accessible.

The opposition also added they would provide free mental health treatments for children and youth.

“Mental health care is health care, plain and simple. We need to treat it that way,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten.

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    “My plan will make Saskatchewan a leader in mental health care. We’ll start with providing insured coverage for children and youth, because that’s a significant first step to putting mental health care on par with other health care services.”

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    Below are some of the pledges that the Sask NDP plan regarding mental health:

    Covering mental health care as an insured service for children and youth, for up to eight counseling sessions per year – a move called for by the founding chair of Canada’s Mental Health Commission.

    Reducing waits for mental health care appointments by creating two provincial mental health specialty clinics.

    Using the already-promised Quick Care clinics in Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Moose Jaw to increase availability of mental health assessments.

    Hiring more mental health workers to be based in northern Saskatchewan.

    Expanding the Hub program to northern communities, to better connect at-risk individuals and families with the supports they need.

    Expanding a pilot program in which mental health and crisis intervention professionals are partnered with police officers.

    Covering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) through Workers’ Compensation, a policy change called for by many, including professional firefighters.

    Broten added the was inspired to do better while spending time in La Loche after the tragic shooting in January.

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Are your windows killing birds? How to prevent collisions

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With a house close to the Eastern Pennsylvania woods — and the wildlife that lives there — Jeff Acopian wrestled with a problem that afflicts homeowners around the country.

“Birds were hitting our windows and dying,” the Easton resident says. “And we didn’t like it.”

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    An engineer by profession and a naturalist at heart, Acopian came up with a solution: Acopian BirdSavers, a fixture that involves dangling pieces of parachute cord in front of windows to keep birds from flying into them.

    “It sounds pretty bad when you tell someone to hang strings on their front window,” says Acopian, who nixed his original remedy, hanging strings of beads, because it made his house look like “a hippie pad.”

    “But when people actually see it, it is not objectionable at all,” he says.

    BirdSavers is one of a growing number of options available for folks who want to keep birds from crashing into their windows but don’t want to hurt their home’s curb appeal in the process.

    Christine Sheppard, who runs the bird collisions campaign for the American Bird Conservancy, cites a range of relatively simple ready-made products — BirdSavers, window tape and external screens among them — as well as DIY fixes like washable window paint or hanging branches in front of windows, that are effective enough while also being subtle.

    “You can reduce collisions without making your house ridiculous,” Sheppard says.

    While bird collisions are hardly new, she says, the magnitude of the problem is increasing, largely due to more widespread urbanization and a trend toward larger panes of glass in both residential and high-rise construction.

    Birds are either fooled by the transparency of the glass, or believe the reflections they see in them — trees, shrubs and the like — are real, and die trying to reach them, she says.

    Window collisions kill hundreds of millions of birds each year, making them, with cats, one of the two leading human-related causes of bird mortality. Conservationists say the number of birds killed by collisions and cats will soon rise to 1 billion per year.

    But Joanna Eckles, the National Audubon Society’s bird-friendly communities manager, says individuals can easily reduce those numbers simply by putting some visual barrier on the exterior of the windows that birds are drawn to.

    “The big thing that people need to get is that this isn’t something that has to happen,” she says. “This is preventable.”

    That prevention, she says, could take a range of shapes.

    The American Bird Conservancy’s Bird Tape, available at abcbirdtape长沙夜网, is translucent and can be used to design patterns on windows. Bird screen, available at birdscreen长沙桑拿, creates a barrier between birds and windowpanes. CollidEscape, available at collidescape长沙夜网, is a film that you put on outside windowpanes to reduce reflection.

    The options are infinite for do-it-yourselfers, Eckles says. With washable paint, you can use stencils or let the kids create holiday decorations. Hanging virtually anything easy on the eyes — ribbons, delicate branches, strings — in front of windows will do the trick. So will the unobtrusive netting that’s used to protect fruit trees.

    Not every window needs to be made bird-safe, nor do all windows need the same remedy. It’s up to homeowners to decide, based on which windows attract birds, and at what time of day or year.

    “There are a million ways people have handled this in beautiful ways,” Eckles says. “You are only restricted by your own rules.”

    Sheppard agrees. “No one should feel constricted with what they use.”

    “Most conservation stories just make you depressed, feeling like there is little you can do about it besides giving money,” Sheppard says. “But in this case, you can actually do something.”

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