RANGELEY — Saddleback Mountain is the recipient of an inaugural BirdSafe Maine award for environmentally conscious design at its new midmountain restaurant, The Nest.

Saddleback is home to the rare Bicknell’s thrush, a small bird that inhabits dense alpine forests at high elevations. In constructing The Nest, Saddleback worked closely with Maine Audubon and Davies Toews Architecture to design innovative bird deflection screens, according to a Saddleback news release.

BirdSafe Maine — a partnership among Maine Audubon, the University of Southern Maine, and the Portland Society for Architecture — honors companies, schools, and individuals working to protect birds from window strikes. As many as 988 million birds die each year in the United States after accidentally hitting glass windows.

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