“Nuisance” Wild Birds: Why Are They Protected?

Nuisance Birds MessIf you have spent any time on a golf course, gone picnicking at a local park or beach, or walked along the shoreline, you may not be surprised to learn that nuisance bird problems are cropping up with increasing intensity across the country.

From aggressive geese attacking people and cars, to dive bombing gulls stealing food, to the mess and bacteria-infested water that bird poop creates, bird problems literally cover a lot of ground.

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How Drought Stricken Fields Affect Bird Control

Canine Co WorkersWith the Chicago area experiencing what the weather folks call “abnormally dry” conditions, many people’s thoughts turn first to the state of their lawns.

But wildlife of all kinds is affected when drought occurs and extended dry spells can significantly shift the delicate balance of the ecosystem. For birds, drought conditions mean competition for fewer green spaces with available water.

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Migrating Geese Find Rooftops a Cozy Stopping Point

Geese on a Commercial RoofAutumn skies can be a beautiful sight, with flocks of migrating geese silhouetted above a golden blaze of changing leaves.

Less scenic however, is the mess these flocks can leave behind when they stop to rest along the way.

Unfortunately for many property owners, rooftops present an attractive place for geese to sleep and congregate along their journey.

Rooftops provide plenty of flat and open space with a good view of potential predators and the surrounding habitat. Roofs also offer security since most of a flock’s predators are ground based. These same factors make rooftops appealing to nesting geese as well. It’s a cozy setup that does not go unnoticed in the wider population and growing numbers of geese have begun to recognize rooftops as a safe haven. Geese are smart and incredibly adaptable, so it’s no surprise that a once rare occurrence has become a common problem.

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