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VH – Lights Out Dallas Bird Survey Spring 2022

March 13 @ 6:00 am - May 31 @ 8:00 am

Calling All BPTMN Early Risers!

It’s once again time to help our feathered friends as they migrate through our area.  One way to do this is by conducting a survey in downtown Dallas to find and identify birds that have not made the trip through successfully.  This work can be sad, but the data gathered is extremely important and gives lost birds a chance to help future populations.

Event:  Lights Out Dallas Downtown Survey

Project Description: 

FROM: Tim Brys, Lights Out Dallas Coordinator

We’ve decided to start surveying a little sooner this year, starting this Sunday, March 13 to ensure we aren’t missing early migratory species. The additional survey days will also help standardize with our fall surveys for better data set comparison. “Around downtown in 80 days!”

Downtown Dallas Survey Dates (6-8 AM)

March 13 (note daylight savings), 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

April 1 (no joke), 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

May 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

Downtown Dallas Surveying: What to Expect

BEGIN: Promptly at 6 AM.

PARKING: Enter the Perot Special Event/Permit Parking Lot by way of Field & River Streets. Push the intercom button at the gate and let security know you are there for Lights Out. They will admit you.

WALK: We’ll walk between 3-6 miles at a leisurely pace – comfortable shoes are recommended.

CLOTHING: Light-colored clothing is a good idea for high visibility. You will be crossing many streets on foot.

RESTROOMS: Sporadically available along the survey route

GEAR: A flashlight or headlamp helps you see birds pre-dawn. A camera phone, with the iNaturalist app downloaded, helps you document your findings but is not required.

END: We return to the Perot parking lot at 8 AM.

How to Participate

Anyone can join, just forward email addresses to  or to be added to this list for the latest news and updates.

I know that you, like me, are super excited to get back out there before daylight. It will be interesting to see if we get similar results to last spring where we found birds like painted buntings that we haven’t seen in the fall (probably because they have already migrated before we start fall surveys).  I find that it is both sad and interesting to see what we may find in any given day or week, and I personally have learned so much about birds by helping with this project.

Some of the projects that we are saving bird mortalities for are internal and external parasite studies, avian malaria, microplastic ingestion, and isotope testing of feathers for finding migration starting points.  We aim to keep birds from striking buildings at all, but with these studies we know that we are giving these lost birds a chance to help future populations.

In order to find the birds before they are swept up and discarded, we have to get to the buildings quickly and often before daylight brings out the custodial workforce.  You as volunteers are the key to making this happen!  To entice you all to participate, I have compiled a list of reasons that you might want to consider joining us for early morning surveying:

  1. You’ll be proud you are helping save birds in multiple ways.
  2. You get great parking spots at Perot at 5:50 AM – IN THE EMPLOYEE LOT!
  3. Walking is great exercise. What a great way to start the day!
  4. You get to meet some really interesting people and learn about birds.
  5. You might get a chance to show some kindness to folks that are experiencing homelessness downtown.
  6. There might be a prize this year for whatever volunteer comes the most times.*

We can’t do it without you.  If you would like to volunteer for surveys, we are always happy to have you along, but even if you can’t come survey, please consider certifying your home, business, or building as Lights Out for Wildlife here: It’s free and encourages others to take action. Help spread the word in your social circles – we need everyone dimming all non-essential lighting from 11 PM to 6 AM through March, April, and May. Every light counts, every bird counts!

As always, thanks for all that you are doing to help birds,


*Prize may or may not exceed $5, may contain nuts/shellfish/cat hair/food allergens, may be flammable, may not be tax deductible.

Tim Brys – Perot Museum of Nature and ScienceTeaching Collection CoordinatorPhone: 214.756.5840timothy.brys@perotmuseum.org2201 N. Field Street, Dallas Texas 75201

Logging VH:  Hours may be logged under BPTMN: Bird/Wildlife/Insect/Plant or other Survey: TMN Field Research with “Lights Out Texas Dallas Bird Count” in the service description box.

Links for more information:

Lights Out Texas | Texas Conservation Alliance (

Linda NixonBPTMN Communications Director


March 13 @ 6:00 am
May 31 @ 8:00 am
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