To reduce birds colliding into buildings, the Atlanta Audubon Society has launched Lights Out Atlanta, a voluntary program encouraging businesses, agencies and homeowners to turn off or reduce lighting during migration periods. The periods include March 15-May 31 (spring) and August 15-November 15 (fall), between midnight and 6 a.m.
Lights Out also is a national effort, with dozens of other cities and towns across the nation turning off night lights to help migrating birds.
The City of Atlanta already has included four of its big buildings in the program; several commercial properties; and dozen of homeowners in metro Atlanta also are participating.
To learn how you can participate, visit: atlantaaudubon.org/lights-out-atlanta.
From the animals to the photo opps, Atlanta Botanical Gardens has something to offer everyone.
IN THE SKY: From David Dundee, Tellus Science Museum astronomer: The Eta Aquarid meteor will be visible next week, reaching a peak of 60 meteors per hour at night on May 4 in the southeast from about 3 a.m. until dawn.
The moon will be first quarter on Tuesday. Mercury is low, and Venus and Mars are very low, in the west at dusk. Jupiter rises in the east at dusk. Saturn rises in the east just before midnight.