Thursday, September 12, 2013

9/11 light tribute

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By AP, Published on Sep 11, 2013, mypaper

PHOTO: 9/11 light tribute
Light test for 9-11 — A test of the twin beams of the Tribute in Light intersect with still-under construction Tower One as they rise behind the building and above lower Manhattan, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in New York.

The memorial, sponsored by the Municipal Art Society, will light the sky on the evening of Sept. 11, 2013, in honor of those who died in the Setp. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the United States.
(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The Tribute In Light, in honour of those who died on Sept 11, 2001, returns to New York City this year, as the United States marks the 12th anniversary of the terror attacks tonight. Tested on Monday, the twin beams met the still-under-construction Tower One as they rose behind the building above Lower Manhattan.

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PHOTO: Tribute in Light 2011
The clouds covered the September 11th skies through much of the day and into the sunset. Only in the morning hours of September 12th did the clouds clear allowing the Tribute in Light to fade into the morning skies. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States of America.
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PHOTO: 9/11 Tribute Traps 10,000 Birds
Each year since the tragic terrorist attacks on NYC’s twin towers, on every September 11th since 2001, the Municipal Art Society has shone two bright lights skyward from Manhattan's Financial District. Known as the Tribute of Light, the beams have struck an emotional chord with a lot of residents. This year, more than 10,000 birds flew into the beams and got trapped, unable to fly away. Because they are in their fall migration, the birds could be depleting crucial fat stores by flying endlessly in the light beams, unable to get away and continue their journey south.

New York City Audubon has kept an eye on the light tribute, and when they saw the gathering of helpless birds, let the Municipal Art Society know so they could shut down the beams (Migratory birds are protected by federal law).

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Posted by John de Guzman on 09/13/2010

Fewer Birds Trapped by 9/11 Tribute Lights This Year
PHOTO: Fewer Birds Trapped by 9/11 Tribute Lights This Year
Exactly one year after the Tribute in Light at ground zero drew thousands of migrating birds into its beams, the night of September 11 passed without avian incident.

New York City Audubon volunteers who monitored the lights all night reported a peak of about 100 birds around 2 a.m., and about 700 altogether. It was a far cry from last year, when an estimated 10,000 birds were caught over the course of the night, circling in confusion until the lights were temporarily shuttered five separate times.

That night was almost perfectly designed to lure birds traveling down the Atlantic Flyway, one of North America’s four major conduits for birds migrating to South and Central America. Several nights of storms kept birds grounded in the wetlands north of New York City; on the night of Sept. 11, a favorable tailwind released them, but dense cloudcover hid the stars birds use to navigate and calibrate inborn geomagnetic compasses.

The Tribute in Light‘s bank of 88 7,000-watt xenon searchlights dominated the sky.

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Posted by Brandon Keim on 12 Sept 2011, 3:33 PM