“Falconry based bird abatement” is the use of trained birds of prey to intimidate and scare off nuisance birds which cause loss of revenue for crop growers, health hazards in water resources, landfills, and safety concerns in airfields.
Very often the presence of the raptor is enough to deter and intimidate the prey species. Falconry works because pest birds are “hard-wired” to be terrified of raptors – falcons, hawks and owls – that are their natural enemies. It’s a natural predator and prey relationship that evolution has programmed them to avoid. Pest birds never get acclimated to raptors while they will become used to noisemakers such as propane cannons, shotguns, or recorded calls.
Historically, everything from Mylar tape, netting, scarecrows, horns, propane cannons, flares, screamers, bird bombs, shotguns and poisons have been used, but yet the birds find ways to adapt to these inferior methods. Falconry based bird abatement is quiet, discrete, organic, eco-friendly, and very sustainable. The objective is not killing the nuisance birds, but scaring them off the premises.
West Coast Falconry conducts pest bird abatement by contract. We have professionals on staff that can help rid your establishment of a number of pest bird species including pigeons, starlings, and seagulls. Regular flyovers are key to this environmentally-friendly service.