Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Carrollton deploys propane cannons and hand-launched pyrotechnics to scare off birds
Your kind ain't welcome 'round here.
CARROLLTON Spring is in the air. The flowers are blooming and the birds are singing.
However, there is one kind of bird that the city of Carrollton does not welcome, and efforts are being made to keep them moving on.
Scott Hudson, Carrollton director of environmental services, said city staff has already begin efforts to encourage the birds that often precede egret nesting to locate elsewhere. Several have been sited in the city already this month.
Hudson said hand-launched pyrotechnics, such as “screamers and bangers” have been used to keep the yellow-crowned night herons on the move so far, and propane cannons have been deployed and will likely continue to be deployed from time to time into May.
“Be aware that these cannons are very loud and may sound like gunfire,” Hudson said. “We are hopeful that this effort will result in the same successful prevention as last year.”
He said activity will most likely be focused in the areas affected last year, especially neighborhoods near Josey Lane north of Frankford Road.
“With strong neighborhood partnership, we were able to prevent concentrated nesting in the area and hope our efforts will lead to similar results this year,” Hudson said.
Carrollton residents are asked to join the effort by taking the following steps before eggs are laid in nests:
Residents are encouraged to thin tree canopies to allow sunlight to shine between limbs and other trees.
Other ways to keep birds away would be to hang reflective tape ad scare eye balloons in trees, spraying birds with a water hose or using air horns or other loud noises to frighten birds from trees.
“Be a good neighbor and help those near you who may not be able to help themselves,” Hudson said.
Any egret or other migratory bird activity should be reported to Carrollton Animal Services at 972-466-3420 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about egrets and other migratory birds, contact the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife at 972-293-3841.
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