NASCAR Hall Of Fame Comments On Hundreds Of Birds Injured And Killed After Flying Into Side Of Uptown Building
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — There might be changes to the NASCAR Hall of Fame after what experts are calling a very unusual incident. Hundreds of birds were injured or killed after flying into the side of the building Tuesday night.
According to Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, they were informed of the incident at about 11 p.m., Tuesday night. The rescue says they collected a total of 297 Chimney Swifts, which are aerial insectivores that eat hundreds of mosquitoes a day. 107 of the birds died and 55 are still being rehabilitated. On Wednesday, they released 135 birds after treating them.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame released a statement regarding the incident. They say animal control has confirmed there are no health issues that might impact the public, guests or employees.
“Last night we learned that a large number of birds had flown into the glass exterior of our building. We are extremely grateful to Charlotte City Services, the Animal Control division of CMPD and Carolina Waterfowl Rescue for their prompt response and for handling the situation with great care and compassion. We are saddened by this very unusual and unfortunate event, and are very appreciative of the professionalism and response of our City partners who assisted last night. Animal Control has confirmed there are not any health issues that might affect the public, our guests or employees.
We welcome the opportunity to meet with representatives from The Audubon Society and learn what may be the root cause of this regrettable incident. The NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza is a public space that is frequented well into the night, and evening events are a critical component of the NASCAR Hall’s success. Finding a balance between operations and safety is our goal. After learning more, we are willing to evaluate potential adjustments that we hope would mitigate future occurrences. Following the conclusion of a scheduled event at the Hall tonight, we will reduce lighting to a minimal level. Continued dialogue to address concerns regarding this matter is important to us.”
Video posted to Facebook by Hollie Cameron shows the birds lying on the ground outside the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and several continuing to hit the side of the building.
Carolina Waterfowl Rescue says they are not sure why the birds flew into the building, but it may have been because of a disturbance to their nests.
Carolina Waterfowl Rescue is asking for volunteers to help hand feed the birds.
The rescue is also accepting donations to cover the cost of care at the following links: