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U.S. most dangerous city for birds to alter feathered guests' fate



The fate of migratory birds that fly over the skyline of the U.S. city of Chicago has been far from desirable. Every year, millions of them pass by the city situated on the southwest edge of Lake Michigan, among which tens of thousands and even hundreds of thousands of them couldn't make their way out. 

Chicago, thus, has been ranked as the most dangerous city for birds in the United States. 

In one incident alone, at least 1,000 birds died from colliding into a single building in Chicago on October 5, 2023, as they migrated south to their wintering grounds. However, that number is just the tip of the iceberg, according to Anette Prince, director of Chicago Bird Collision Monitors, a local volunteer group.

In an interview with CGTN, Prince said that the city is expected to approve a sustainability plan that will require buildings to be more bird-friendly in early 2024. 

Why are so many birds killed in the city? Will the sustainability plan reverse the destiny of the city's bird guests? Watch the video to find out.

(Cover image by Liu Shaozhen)

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