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Heavy Duty Pond Netting Protects Migrating Birds from Collection Ponds | Bird•B•Gone Blog

Heavy Duty Pond Netting Protects Migrating Birds from Collection Ponds

Article Written By: Alex A. Kecskes

Recent studies have shown that every year, thousands of protected migratory birds die in tailings or detention ponds used for industrial waste or filtering. Tailing ponds may contain bitumen, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, volatile organic compounds, naphthenic acids, brine, heavy metals, and ammonia—substances that are harmful, even fatal to birds.

The problem arises when birds mistake these ponds for fresh water. Without effective bird control measures to keep birds out of these ponds, the birds are doomed to suffer illness or even die. Most government agencies require companies to implement a comprehensive bird deterrent system if they plan to operate these types of ponds.

In one instance, at least 230 ducks had to be euthanized after landing on a Syncrude tailings pond in Alberta. The ducks had come in contact with bitumen floating on the surface. Waterfowl deterrent systems, including air cannons, flare guns and air horns proved ineffective in preventing the ducks from landing on the tailings pond.

 

The installation of pond netting not only protects birds, but also prevents the hefty fines associated with migratory bird deaths. One U.S. copper company charged with the deaths of migratory birds at an Arizona mine was ordered to pay a $15,000 fine, donate $10,000 to support the work of bird rehabilitators, and fund an $80,000 effort to enhance migratory bird habitat.

 

Several years ago, Syncrude was ordered to pay $3 million in fines after 1,600 dead or dying ducks were found in a tailings pond. This was the steepest environmental penalty ever levied against a company in Alberta’s history.

 

Fortunately, a leading manufacturer of effective, humane bird deterrents now offers a solution to this problem: Heavy Duty Pond Netting. Properly installed, pond netting presents a physical barrier that prevents migratory birds from landing in toxic tailing ponds or other water collection sites. The netting is stretched over these areas to prevent bird deaths.

 

Heavy Duty Pond Netting is made from a durable, UV stabilized Dupont® knotted mesh nylon and meant for prolonged use in harsh chemical environments. The netting comes in large stock sizes and custom cuts. It’s available in several mesh sizes–from 3/4-inch to 4-inch–to exclude a variety of large and medium sized migrating birds.

 

To streamline the proper installation of pond netting, experts recommend the use of perimeter cable and accompanying mounting hardware.  One leading bird control company offers an extensive line of bird netting hardware, which includes turnbuckles, hog rings, accessories, tools, cable crimps and perimeter cable. For best deterrent results, the cable should be set up around the area to be netted off. This ensures that there are no gaps for birds to sneak through, and that the netting stays taut and does not slouch. Once installed, the netting is virtually invisible and maintenance free.

 

For additional advice on how to properly install Heavy Duty Pond Netting, consult an expert like the Bird Control Engineers at Bird-B-Gone.

 

 

 

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