Isn’t it harder to see in the dark? In September, New York skyscrapers began to darken their lights in a seasonal effort that city officials have deemed “Lights Out New York,” a project intended to save migrating birds, thousands of which have collided with the city’s tall towers. According to Reuters, during the fall and spring migrating periods, the lights above the 40th floors will dim at midnight so they do not attract the birds. “This is recognizing that beyond architectural beauty, natural beauty is something that can’t be replaced,” New York Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe told Reuters.
Gone batty. Parents in a rural Florida town are planning a lawsuit against the Walton County School District, claiming that their children were exposed to possible health risks caused by bats that live inside a local school. According to The Associated Press, health and school officials say the school is free of all health risks, however, parents, students and teachers remain unconvinced. After all, the winged creatures have been heard in the ceiling, and one was captured at a meeting that was to address the school’s bat issue. The parents’ lawyer plans to make a $15,000 negligence claim against the state Department of Education.