NORFOLK -- The Virginia Zoo is looking for a few volunteer artists to help reduce the risk birds flying into animal exhibit windows.

'Birds can't see glass, so they can fly into windows and sometimes they are seriously injured or die,' said Greg Bockheim, the Zoo's executive director. 'Our mission is to help animals, so we want to put up bird tape to help prevent bird strikes, but we also want something our visitors will find interesting, so they will want to learn more about protecting birds at home.'

According Zoo spokesman Winfield S. Danielson III, volunteer artists can showcase their talent by creating engaging designs and help protect local birds at the same time.

Potential volunteer artists should send their contact information and a brief resume or bio to by Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 to apply.

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