Protocol 04: Avian Transmissions

Where do the birds go, and how do they move? What sociality are they practicing? What is their agenda?


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Participate: Avian Transmissions

Where do the birds go, and how do they move? What sociality are they practicing? What is their agenda?

Move toward a window, close your eyes, listen and think about the sensation of floating, swimming, gliding, flattering. Start to observe the sky and look for any birds. Follow their movement with your eye and with your whole body noticing any patterns or shapes. Sit with the movement, and observe for at least 2 – 3 minutes. Attune yourself to avian life.

Follow the life and movement the birds bring to your window. Place a sheet of paper onto the window with tape. Use a pencil to track the bird’s movements, making a mark that follows the bird’s flight/position. Take a photo of the drawing. If no birds present themselves, try tracing an insect’s path, the movement of clouds or the outline of a nearby building.

Submit a photo of your avian transmission drawing below. Optional: email a voice memo or ambient sound recording reflecting your experience to

Do you know how birds and the  multispecies communities they rely on are being impacted by US EPA rollbacks? 



  • Amanda from North Bellmore, NY
  • Kansas
  • Tom from suffolk county, NY
  • Bernard Raifer Farmingdale NY
  • Nicole from Plainview, NY
  • Angela, Chattanooga, Tn
  • Andrea in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 5/20/2020 at 2PM
  • Lauren from Long Island, NY
  • Nora & Jerry, Gowanus, Brooklyn
  • Jessica from Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
  • Andrea from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
  • Catherine in Ridgewood, NYC
  • Chris, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
  • Ellie from Troy

Further action

How are bird and multispecies communities being impacted by US EPA rollbacks?

This March the U.S. EPA gutted the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which now no longer holds individuals or companies (for example real estate companies) accountable for the incidental killing of migratory birds. In New York City, 90,000 birds collide with buildings every year, many of these are migratory birds, as the city is located on a major migratory pathway. One more reason to stand up against massive real estate developments in the city! 

MAKE A PROTEST POSTER FOR YOUR WINDOW! And if you happen to live in a highrise, or any building with glass:

Use this Template to Help the Birds See the Glass

Is your state fighting to control transportation-related emissions?

Global temperatures are on target to rise at least 3°C (5.4 ° F) by 2100. On March 31, 2020, while the country was in lockdown due to the Covid19 pandemic, the US EPA passed a rule relaxing fuel efficiency standards through 2026 (based on spurious science). Transportation related greenhouse gas emissions will continue to rise as Americans get on the road again. While Federal agencies fail us, states are fighting to regulate emissions more aggressively. Twenty-two states have sued the EPA.

Is your state one of them?

U.S. EPA is trying to omit vital Public Health Data- Tell them what you think!

In early March 2020, the U.S. EPA announced further amendments to it’s “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” policy proposal, which has been dubbed the “Censor Science Rule” by the scientific community, as it disqualifies all anonymous medical data – effectively the data that measures the health impact of environmental pollution.  We now know that the respiratory illness caused by Covid19 has brought the unsettling correlation between death rates and the POC and immigrant communities most exposed to environmental pollution further to light. 

ADD YOUR VOICE TO THE PUBLIC COMMENTS: Due to continued pushback on this proposal commenting is extended until May 18th. Visit to give a public comment, search by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OA–2018–0259.

Sent a comment to the US EPA

Don’t let the U.S. EPA get away with using the pandemic as an open license to pollute

Good Air quality is key for both humans and nonhumans alike. On March 26th, 2020, the U.S. EPA released a letter titled “COVID-19 Implications for EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program”, announcing that it would not be enforcing its compliance regulations, giving industry a pass to pollute freely during this global health crisis. Former US EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, called it “an open license to pollute.”

TAKE ACTION: Sign the NRDC Petition

We want real climate justice policy! What Energy Policy would your Street Tree Endorse? 

In 2017 former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a notice proposing a repeal of the Clean Power Plan, which requires utilities to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The rule was replaced in 2019 with the “Affordable Clean Energy” (ACE) rule which weakens emissions standards. The U.S. EPA, over the past 4 years, has rolled back over 95 rules put in place to protect environmental health, supporting the interests of the coal, gas, and oil industries, along with Big Agriculture. How has this changed the role and pressure we place on so-called green infrastructure? What kind of energy policy would street trees endorse? Read about the Red New Deal, and A Peoples Climate Plan for NYC.

Read the Peoples Climate Plan for NYC

 Almost ⅔ of Earth’s biodiversity is bacterial. How do we deconstruct and unlearn human supremacy?

The U.S. EPA endorses the use of powerful herbicides and pesticides like glyphosate (Round Up) and chlorpyrifos. In 2019, the U.S. EPA announced that it would not ban chlorpyrifos, a widely used pesticide that its own experts have linked to serious health problems in children, and farmworkers. Now more than ever our food supply depends on supporting and protecting farmworkers.

Visit Beyond Pesticides to learn more.

Tell Congress to provide essential benefits to essential workers