Science: Safer Flyway

Never underestimate the power of bird lovers. Last week the management of Manhattan's 1,472-ft. Empire State Building announced that out of respect for migrating birds and the National Audubon Society, it has doused the building's stationary beacon, and will keep it doused until Nov. 1, when most of the feathered friends are safe in their winter resorts.

An important flyway of migratory birds, says the Audubon Society, passes over Manhattan Island, and the birds have been having increasing trouble with man-made mountains poking their tops into their right of way. Birds generally fly at night, and when the sky is clear, they...

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