Eighth Grader's Invention Protects Birds from Unfortunate Demise
It's not every day an eighth grader comes up with an invention that is innovative and saves lives - in this case, the lives of our feathery friends. Just about anyone with windows has a story about their clear panes and a bird collision; it is never a pretty incident.
Charlie Sobcov has come up with a way to to take preventive measures against such unpleasant accidents and help birds travel a little easier. He is considering marketing his invention after completing his experiment.
For his latest school science fair project he has invented painted, plastic decals that can be placed — discreetly — right in the middle of a window pane.
"This paint is a colour that birds can see but humans can't," he said Wednesday on CBC Radio's All in a Day. "It's like putting a big stop sign in the middle of the window."
The colour is ultraviolet, beyond the range of colours visible to humans. That means the "stop sign" lets birds know the window is solid, but is nearly invisible to humans.