Bird Management in Winter: What to Know

American RobinThe most well-known animal strategies for surviving the bleak winter months are to hibernate or to migrate. Most mammals choose hibernation; most birds go with migration. But there are exceptions. The Common Poorwill hibernates. Some bird species do neither. What happens to birds like chickadees, robins, and cardinals – and nuisance species like gulls, geese, and pigeons – who neither migrate nor hibernate? How do they cope with cold temperatures and a season of scarce food?

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The Best Bird Control Products for Migration Season

Bird MigrationBy Bird Control Group

The Mississippi flyway is a major migration path that follows the Mississippi River. Millions of migrating birds, around 325 species and 40% of US populations, use this route to migrate between wintering grounds in the northern US and Canada, and breeding grounds in the southern states, and Central and South America.

This major flyway runs right through the country’s "bread basket," an area covered by fertile agricultural landscapes which draw birds in to stop to forage or rest during their migration. This heavily impacts farms during their harvesting and planting seasons. Since all native migratory birds are protected, management methods for farms are heavily regulated and often complicated.

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The Impact of Birds on the Dairy Industry

Birds and CowsFor better and for worse, birds are an important part of agriculture. They eat many insect pests, provide rodent control, and even pollinate some flowers. They also cause a lot of damage by consuming crops and feed and spreading diseases to livestock. For farmers, the risks of certain bird populations often outweigh the benefits. This is especially true in the dairy industry.

You may be wondering how birds that don’t eat cattle or dairy products can cause such problems that impact an entire industry. Simply put, both birds and cattle eat the same thing, and both birds and cattle poop. That creates competition for food and an increased risk for disease spread.

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