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Bird-B-Gone Ornithologist Featured in Pest Control Technology Magazine

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Article shared from: PCT Magazine

Bird Whisperer

Features – Bird Control

Bird-B-Gone Ornithologist Rob Fergus has spent a lifetime understanding our “feathered friends” and he’s more than happy to share his insights with the industry.

PCT Magazine | April 30, 2012 |

Editor’s Note: Bobby Corrigan is considered the industry’s foremost “rodentologist” but when it comes to understanding the biology and behavior of birds that honor may go to Dr. Rob Fergus, an ornithologist with Bird-B-Gone, Mission Viejo, Calif. PCT magazine recently interviewed Fergus, who has a Ph.D. in urban bird conservation from the University of Texas, about the challenges of managing bird populations in urban settings, as well as the science of ornithology.

In layman’s terms, how would you describe what an ornithologist does on a daily basis?

A. An ornithologist is anyone who is involved with the scientific study of birds, which can cover anything from their DNA, anatomy and behavior to their ecology and distribution. Some ornithologists study birds or their genes in a lab, while others study free-flying birds in the wild. Academic ornithologists also spend a lot of time teaching university courses on birds, biology or ecology. Most of us do a little of all of this, so on any given day I will be out in the field observing bird behavior, corresponding with other researchers, as well as preparing or teaching university courses. My work with Bird-B-Gone involves field work studying nuisance bird behavior, as well as researching potential bird control solutions, and consulting on commercial and residential bird nuisance problems across the United States and around the world. (more…)

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Ultrasonic Bird Control? Don’t Throw Your Money Away!

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Written By: Ornithologist Rob Fergus Ph.D.

Summary: Ultrasonic bird control devices can be found in garden centers, home improvement stores and online through bird control product retailers. However, birds cannot hear ultrasonic sounds. This article written by ornithologist Rob Fergus, PhD. seeks to inform consumers about false claims of ultrasonic devices in relation to bird control

Sometimes hardware or lawn & garden companies advertise ultrasonic bird control devices that are supposed to drive birds away with high frequency noises undetectable to humans.  Sounds like a good idea, right?  Blast out sounds birds can hear but we can’t—what’s not to like?

Unfortunately, the truth is that birds do not actually hear these ultrasonic sounds any better than humans do, and there is no scientific evidence that these devices actually work. The bottom line is that birds cannot hear ultrasonic frequencies and ultrasonic devices don’t work. (more…)

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Resident Bird-B-Gone Ornithologist Gives Radio Interview – Listen

Friday, August 27th, 2010

In June, Bird-B-Gone added Ornithologist Dr. Rob Fergus to their team of bird control specialists to help “close the gap between the science of nature and the nature of bird control“.

Since then, Dr. Rob has answered countless email questions from customers looking to solve pest bird problems.

Recently, Dr. Rob was interviewed on a radio show called “Home Grown”. Based out of Louisville Kentucky, the show focuses on all aspects of backyard gardening and is hosted by Louisville columnist Bob Hill and garden writer and enthusiast Jeneen Wiche.

You Can Listen to the interview by Clicking Here

Dr. Rob Fergus is an ornithologist who specializes in urban ecology and human/wildlife interactions. Dr. Fergus received his Ph.D. in urban bird conservation from the University of Texas at Austin. After founding the Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory in Austin, Texas he created additional bird conservation programs in Austin as the first executive director of the 2,500 member Travis Audubon Society. In 2004 he moved to suburban Philadelphia where he was the Senior Scientist for Urban Bird Conservation at the National Audubon Society until 2009. In addition to researching and consulting on human/bird interactions in cities across the United States, Latin America, and Europe, Dr. Fergus currently teaches at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey and Rosemont College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Have a pest bird problem? Visit the “Ask the Bird Expert” today at http://www.birdbgone.com/ask-the-expert/blog or call us at 1-800-392-6915 for more information.

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