Dark Skies

City lights are pretty, but they wreak havoc on the nighttime world. Remember that feeling of awe, lying under a sky thick with stars? Gone for many of us thanks to light pollution. But the Dark Skies Initiative is on a mission to turn back the tide.

It’s not just about stargazing, though. Disrupted night cycles mess with migrating birds, confusing their navigation and leading to collisions. Local wildlife suffers too, with confused prey vulnerable to predators or simply losing their rhythm.

Even for us humans, the constant artificial glow can disrupt sleep patterns and mess with our natural melatonin production. The Dark Skies Initiative fights for responsible outdoor lighting, helping us reconnect with the beauty and balance of a natural night sky – for us, for wildlife, and for the countless birds whose journeys depend on it.

Read more at Dark Sky Oregon.