Animal rehabilitator says River Landing development endangers birds

The executive director of Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation says the glass exterior of a tower planned for downtown Saskatoon would kill birds. Triovest Realty Advisors / Supplied

A Saskatoon woman with expertise in bird rehabilitation told the board of the Meewasin Valley Authority (MVA) that a project planned for River Landing would spell death for birds.

The east tower, one of three high-rise buildings, is expected to have a glass exterior.

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That would confuse birds and they would collide with what they think is habitat, according to Jan Shadick, executive director of Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation.

“The numbers are staggering. There’s somewhere around 25 million birds that are hitting windows and dying every year in Canada,” Shadick said.

She wants the towers to be designed with a “bird-friendly” approach, including non-reflective glass among other design changes.

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Triovest Realty Advisors, one of the companies behind the project, also made a presentation to the MVA board.

“We develop in other marketplaces. This is not new to us. We have to address these issues and we will do the same in this market,” Blair Sinclair, executive vice president of investments and development at Triovest, said.

Parkade construction is already underway and Sinclair hopes work on the first tower starts next year.

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