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Birds could have a safer flight path thanks to a new Lake County policy that requires newly constructed county-owned buildings to use at least 80 percent bird-safe glass on the exterior.

The policy, which went into effect immediately upon approval by the Lake County Board on May 14, is intended to mitigate the dangers buildings pose to birds, particularly collisions with glass surfaces. All new county facilities, as well as renovations or additions to current structures, must use at least 80% bird-safe glass on their exteriors from ground level to 100 feet in height.

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