Efforts by GM have enabled migratory birds stay on course during spring and fall migrations. Detroit Audubon Society lauded GM for its efforts which help to lower number of deaths caused by birds slamming into illuminated structures during their nigh flights. This is the seventh year that GM will be taking part in this initiative supported by Detroit Audubon and Michigan Audubon alike.
GM instructs its employees at its headquarters in Detroit to turn off lights during migratory periods as most birds make use of the stars to navigate. Illuminated buildings cause these birds to loose control and become disoriented leading to their deaths. The program known as Safe Passage Great Lakes aims to provide these birds with suitable conditions so that they could migrate without problems. It was initiated in 2006 and since then has educated and created awareness about these problems among people.
GM has taken this initiative a step further as it manages about 2500 acres of land that are certified wildlife habitats. It has taken pains to develop 16.5 acres of lawn area into a habitat for birds who prefer grassland areas. In another project GM will be seeing to that migratory birds will be fed, watered and looked after at three wetland locations in China.