Killer Waters: The dangers of Blue Green Algae for Dogs

Did you know that our four-legged friends are at an increased risk of becoming ill from blue green algae (a.k.a. cyanobacteria)? This risk is due to the way they interact with bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, and ponds. Between drinking water whilst swimming, jumping fully in during play, and licking water off their bodies and paws, they have a much higher chance of accidentally ingesting algae that may be harmful to them. When ingested, the effects on people and animals from this alga can range from as mild as skin irritation to death. Recently, 3 dogs in North Carolina and 1 in Georgia died after swimming in ponds that were suspected to contain these cyanobacteria. These are not the only deaths in recent years from suspected poisoning either, suggesting people should use extreme caution when deciding to take their two and four-legged family members to the local pond for a swim.

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Lasers Prove to be New Tools for Bird Control

In this article we examine how Rushing Waters Fisheries, Wisconsin’s largest trout farm, partnered with Wisconsin-grown Migratory Bird Management to address their specific pest bird challenges as well as similar challenges facing and potential solutions to support Wisconsin’s aquaculture industry.

Rushing Waters Fisheries lies nestled on 80 acres of forest and valleys at the edge of the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest in Palmyra, Wisconsin. As these premises have been integrated into the surrounding environment they have also been prone to predation by local bird species, namely: Great Blue Herons, Green Herons, Egrets, and Kingfishers.

Rushing Waters Fisheries addressed the problem of bird predation through a variety of traditional means, from installing “scarecrow” figures to utilizing kill permits from the USFW. Yet despite these various techniques economic losses continued to mount, primarily from eaten and/or wounded fish being unsuitable for sale. Given that aquaculture facilities are ideal feeding sites for a variety of predators, the same tactics which work on one predator don’t necessarily work on others—this variety of pest bird species has proven to be the most difficult to manage.

Rushing Waters Fisheries was able to significantly reduce the economic damage caused by bird predation by working with Migratory Bird Management to install a new technology solution: the Agrilaser Autonomic. Specifically designed for the agriculture/agri-processing industries, the Agrilaser Autonomic is a fully automated bird repelling system, providing continuous bird repelling capability across long distances (up to 2,500 meters) and wide areas (up to 3,000 acres).

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Top 5 Pest Birds & Structural Solutions in Suburban Midwest

Summer is the season during which most structural damage and work occurs. Annually, pest birds cause $30-50 million in damages to properties, assets, roofs, drainage and ventilation systems. Below is a list of common issues associated with specific pest birds as well as a combination of structural and service solutions to address those issues.

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