anyone Who drives in these days at night by Leverkusen, a distinctive orientation can be a lack of help: the Bayer-cross.

The huge Logo with a diameter of 51 meters, is lit up in the dark is actually bright, since March, but the light is off. Reason, the migratory birds are. As a protective measure for the animals to leave the light in the fall and in the spring, said a Bayer spokesman. The light would attract the birds, and then they could fly against the wires and hurt themselves.

For the exact switch-off time to speak with experts in the fields of nature conservation Federation (Nabu). Probably until the end of April, the Bayer cross from a stay in this year. New the darkness around the giant logo is not – for decades, Bayer can be because of the birds temporarily the light.

Since 1933, the is – several times revised – light-Installation is an eye-catcher in front of the gates of Cologne. The letters are seven feet high, the highest point of the Bayer logo is around 120 meters above the ground. The sign has 1710 light body in comparison to old incandescent bulbs, the energy consumption has reduced after the company information to 90 percent. Currently, however, no power is consumed – the migratory birds.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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