NORFOLK, Va (WAVY) - The Virginia Zoo in Norfolk has a problem. Birds are flying into the glass bordering some of the outdoor animal exhibits and getting hurt.
They have a plan to help, but it's going to take a special person to make it happen -- someone with a creative mind, skilled hands and a keen eye. They're looking for an artist.
The Virginia Zoo is a place for kids to explore and play.
"I know birds," said Zoo Volunteer Bob Van Dyke. "They don't understand the concept of glass, so it happens."
Van Dyke spends hours watching and logging animal activity.
"I have seen the result of them flying into the windows. I have never actually seen one fly into the window," he said.
And that's not something the zoo wants kids or anyone else to see.
"So we've invited volunteer artists to help us do a design with reflective bird tape," said Zoo Pubic Relations and Marketing Manager Winfield Danielson.
The zoo wants something that will protect the birds, but preserve the view. It should be inspired, but fit within guidelines.
It's a volunteer job, but when you see little ones with their faces pressed against the glass, you know the payoff will be priceless.
Potential volunteer artists should send their contact information and a brief resume or bio to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 to apply.
Candidates' information will be reviewed and finalists will be contacted for an interview.
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