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Birds have trouble seeing reflective surfaces while flying, so buildings with reflective windows can be deadly to migratory birds.
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The American Dream complex will have to be built with non-reflective glass to avoid collisions from the millions of birds who live and migrate through the Meadowlands under a bill recently introduced in Trenton. 

The measure by Assemblyman Tim Eustace, D-Maywood, doesn’t mention the massive mall and entertainment center by name but it was clearly written in response to renderings unveiled last year showing much of the complex covered in glass.

Those renderings raised concerns among leaders of the Audubon Society who fear the glass will cause birds to slam into the facade. The developer, Triple Five, has not addressed the issue publicly.

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Birds can’t see reflective glass well, mistaking it for clear air space. More than 300 million birds are estimated to be killed each year in collisions with buildings covered in reflective glass, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Like moths, birds are also attracted to bright lights at night when they migrate and often cannot sense that those lights are part of a larger structure. 

The bill, which is expected to be debated in committee next month, would require most new and redeveloped buildings in the 14-town Meadowlands district to install “bird friendly” glass that is…