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Pigeons keep teachers away from classes

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Shared From: The Trinidad Guardian Newspaper 

Written By: Reshma Ragoonath

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Teachers at San Fernando Girls’ Anglican Primary School walked off the job yesterday because of a pigeon infestation. The teachers walked out of their classrooms in protest after nine staffers reportedly fell ill because of unsanitary conditions at the school, on Pouchet Street, San Fernando. Parents received messages from the school’s administrative staff to pick up their children at noon yesterday.

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Doritos® – Bird of Prey — Crash the Super Bowl 2012 Finalist

Monday, March 19th, 2012

This Doritos commercial aired during the 2012 Super Bowl and highlights how birds can be pests / pest bird issues:

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To Clean Up Subway Station, an Unlikely Tool: Bird Calls

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Bird-B-Gone’s Bird Chase Super Sonic unit was chosen to shoo birds from a NY Subway station

Article shared from: The NY Times

Librado Romero/The New York Times

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Published: March 18, 2012

Considering the setting, the sound is difficult to place: a song of the wild, evoking, perhaps, a disturbed rooster accompanied by a small chirping bird.

Every few minutes, the noises resume, an unlikely soundtrack at the entrance to Roosevelt Island subway station.

The bird calls come courtesy of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, but the recorded sound is not the latest example of an underground art or music project. It is actually a weapon against trespassing pigeons.

The authority has had a problem with pigeons entering the station, and leaving their feathers, and more unsightly evidence, on and under the walls. The agency had used netting, similar to chicken wire, beneath the ceiling to try to keep the pigeons at bay. (more…)

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Bird strike damages plane leaving PDX

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Shared From: KGW.com

Photo Credit: Port of Portland

Written by:  Justin Burton

PORTLAND — A Southwest Airlines plane struck a bird upon departure from Portland International Airport Saturday afternoon, becoming the first time this year that a bird has damaged an aircraft at PDX.

Flight 3702 was departing for Oakland just before 12:30 p.m. when it hit the bird.  The captain turned around as a precaution and taxied to the gate without being towed.  None of the 136 passengers was injured, but the bird strike damaged the engine and possibly part of a wing.

According to PDX’s website, the flight was rescheduled to depart at 6 p.m.  Some passengers made other connections but nearly 100 of them will continue on to Oakland.

Southwest Airlines said the pilot made the right decision to turn the plane around. (more…)

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Chennai airport to hire agency to study spike in late night bird-hits

Monday, December 12th, 2011

From: The Times of India

Written By: V Ayyappan, TNN | Dec 5, 2011, 04.55AM IST

CHENNAI: The Airports Authority of India will hire a wildlife agency to study the spike in bird-hits at night in Chennai airport and suggest remedies.

“Pilots have been reporting bird-hits at night while approaching the airport. This is the first time we have heard about night-time bird-hits in Chennai. So, we have decided to conduct a study by engaging an ornithologist,” said airport director E P Hareendranathan.

The works to extend secondary runway across the Adyar river may have disturbed the habitat of birds, suspect AAI officials. An Indian Air Force study has also said that birds living near water bodies have been posing risk to its flights.

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Airport brass worry compost will attract dreaded birds

Monday, December 5th, 2011

From CTV Montreal:

Updated: Fri Dec. 02 2011 5:44:41 PM
ctvmontreal.ca

MONTREAL — A proposed composting site near the airport could make takeoffs and landings less safe, contend airport officials.

The Dorval composting site is to be located one-and-a-half kilometers from the airport and the facility could attract the very birds that Trudeau Airport officials go to great lengths to deter.

“We have a falconry team at the airport and they have about three hawks, five people and a lot of tools to scare the birds away from the airport,” said Christine Beaulieu of Aeroports de Montreal.

The airport officials point out that birds can conceivably cause a plane to go down, as one flight hit the drink in the Hudson River due to an errant avian.

One bird expert says that with some preventive measures, birds will not wing near the composting site.

David Bird recommends, “fast roll-up doors, enclosed trucks, allowing none of the compost material to be outside the building in any way shape or form and even putting up deterrents for birds not to be able to perch near the facility,” said Bird, Professor of Wildlife Biology.

However the City of Montreal insists that the compost facility poses no risk.”We’ve done our homework, we know exactly how the facility will operate and we’ve done a lot of research to make sure that any risk, no matter how small, can be minimized,” said Executive Committee member Alan de Sousa.

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Bird Droppings Cause of High E-Coli Counts at Bayfront Beach…

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Pier 4 style changes can help Bayfront Beach, public health says 

From: The Hamilton Spectator
Sun Nov 27 2011

Hamilton public health will submit A Tale of Two Beaches to the board of health Monday, backing up the need for structural and bird management changes at Bayfront Park.

Dr. Chris Mackie, associate medical officer of health at Hamilton’s Public Health Services, says the reports supports changes to improve water quality at Bayfront Park — where bird droppings are a major factor in excessive E. coli bacteria counts — and offers the “significant” improvement following such measures at Pier 4 to back it up.

Changes at Pier 4 have resulted in fewer closure days since stakeholders — including the city, Bay Area Restoration Council, public works, public health, the Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan (RAP) and National Water Research Institute — began adding bird control measures and surface drainage capability at Pier 4 in August 2005.

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Add to Your Revenue by Adding Bird Control

Friday, September 16th, 2011

As a contractor, you’ve learned that one of the best ways to increase revenue is to increase the number of services you offer your customers. And one of the most revenue enhancing services you can offer today is bird control. Regardless of the size or type of building, and no matter what the job, bird proofing is a vital part of protecting any building or structure from the damages imposed by pest birds.

 

Bird proofing is essential to protect a building’s heating, cooling, ventilation, and air conditioning system from falling victim to the damage caused by bird droppings, bird nests and other bird related debris. Your customers know that these systems can be very costly to repair or replace.

 

The same holds true for a building’s plumbing systems, drains, drinking fountains, and sprinkler systems. Even the timers that control them must be kept free of bird droppings and other debris to function properly. Likewise, outdoor walkways, tables and chairs used by employees should also be kept free of disease-carrying bird droppings lest they contaminate these and other areas.

 

Outside lighting and security systems must be kept clear and fully functional to ensure the safety of visitors, customers and employees. Bird droppings and other bird debris can obscure and render these systems ineffective unless bird-proofing measures are installed. Similarly, outer locks, doors and windows can seize up, leaving gaps in a building’s security and necessitating expensive repairs.

 

What’s more, many property owners have seen their roofs, exterior facades and signage permanently damaged by pest-bird droppings and nesting materials. The acid in bird droppings can quickly eat into painted signs and plastic moldings, and they can crumble stone facades. All the more reason your customers will be asking if you also provide bird-proofing services.

Bird Proofing Solutions You Can Offer

Today’s bird proofing solutions are humane and highly effective. These scientifically designed bird deterrents are easy to install and virtually maintenance free. Most are visually unobtrusive and balance aesthetics with function. Here are just a few bird control products you can install to boost your revenue.
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Funny: Alternative Bird Control Methods

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

At Bird-B-Gone we have more than a few sayings… “It’s More Than Just Bird Control, It’s Faith, Family, Friends”, “Ladies and Gentleman, the Birds Have Left the Building” and on a lighter note to help us keep things in perspective, “It’s Only Bird Control”.

Here’s a look at some funny bird control methods we came across online this week:

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Dancing The Birds Away: From the Globe and Mail

(John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

Amy Mitchell busts a move atop the City of Vancouver’s landfill in Delta. Dancing is one of the many ways in which Amy Mitchell is able to stop the birds from landing at the dump site.

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These methods were pretty hilarious, and most likely effective, but pest birds can be no laughing matter if their droppings or nesting materials are staining or corroding surfaces, clogging drains, creating a health hazard or just a plain mess. If you have a problems with birds landing or nesting in unwanted areas, contact us at 1-800-392-6915 or email nobirds@birdbgone.com. Our Bird Control Engineers can help consult you on which products to use, how to install them, or get you in contact with an authorized installer in your area.

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Refinery to pay $850,000 for bird deaths

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Oil refinery ordered to pay $850,000 in penalties after dozens of migratory birds died in an oil retention pond. The deaths occur when birds mistake these toxic ponds as fresh water sources . Fines for killing migratory birds are steep, and many plants are looking at effective solutions for keeping birds safe including sound and visual deterrents set u around the area to try and dissuade birds. One effective bird control solution for retention ponds is installing a heavy duty netting over the pond suspended by perimeter posts. The bird netting would act as a physical barrier, preventing birds from accessing the water altogether.

From the Billings Gazette:

Refinery will pay $850,000 penalty for violations

KEN DRIESE/Casper Star-Tribune

By JEREMY FUGLEBERG

Casper Star-Tribune‌

| Posted: Monday, June 6, 2011 11:45 pm

CASPER, Wyo. — The owner of an oil refinery near Rawlins with a raft of pollution problems in recent years has agreed to a multi-million dollar settlement with state regulators regarding a 2010 incident that killed dozens of birds.

Sinclair Wyoming Refinery Co. will pay $850,000 for releasing oil into a wastewater evaporation pond at its refinery, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality announced Monday.

Sinclair also agreed to spend $4.5 million on equipment upgrades and training.

On April 25, 2010, the company notified state environmental regulators that oil had been released into one of the refinery’s wastewater evaporation ponds.

After the release, 80 migratory birds were found dead in the polluted pond, a company spokesman said shortly after the incident. The final number of birds affected was far higher, state regulators say.

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A young New Brunswick woman was blinded and nearly killed simply by coming into contact with pigeon feces…

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

From the Ottawa Citizen:

‘Please don’t feed the pigeons’

A young New Brunswick woman was blinded and nearly killed simply by coming into contact with pigeon feces. Michael Staples tells the heartbreaking tale of a life torn apart

By Michael Staples, Fredericton Daily Gleaner April 26, 2011

In just a few weeks, Erica Richards has been transformed from a vibrant 23-year-old who loved nature into a woman who’s battling for her life.

In early January, Richards contracted a potentially fatal condition called cryptococcal meningitis, a fungal disease carried in the feces of pigeons.

The debilitating illness attacks the spine and the brain, causing severe swelling. It left her confined to a hospital bed in a state of delirium for weeks.

But the most devastating consequence of the sickness is that Richards is now blind.

“Be aware of this disease. It could kill a child in a heartbeat,” Richards said from her hospital bed.

“It could kill a senior in a heartbeat without you even having to worry about the symptoms. It comes on that fast. If you don’t realize the symptoms, it could kill you, too.”

Richards’ warning comes on the heels of Fredericton city council’s approval earlier this month of a recommendation it toughen its animal-control bylaw to make it illegal to feed pigeons.

While such complaints are unusual, a problem exists on the city’s Grandame Street with a property owner who refuses to stop feeding the birds. The pigeons are roosting on roofs and defecating.

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WebMD — Bacteria on pigeons said to cause more diarrhea than Salmonella

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Spanish researchers find two bugs on feral pigeons which cause illness in humans

WebMD Health News

Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks

By Nicky Broyd

22nd June 2010 – Sampling of pigeons captured on the streets of Madrid has revealed the bacteria they carry. Researchers writing in BioMed Central’s open access journal Acta Vetinaria Scandinavica found two bugs that were highly prevalent in the bird population and which cause illness in humans: Chlamydia psittaci and Campylobacter jejuni.

The study

Fernando Esperón from the Animal Health Research Center, in Madrid, worked with a team of researchers to analyse blood and enema samples taken from 118 pigeons caught using gun-propelled nets.

The study found extremely high prevalence of bacteria which can be transferred from feral pigeons to humans.  Esperón said in news release there was no way to tell if the birds were infected: “This leads to the hypothesis that pigeons act as asymptomatic reservoirs of Chlamydia psittaci and Campylobacter jejuni. These birds may therefore pose a public health risk to the human population.”

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When pigeons try to roost or nest on or around your home or business, Bird-B-Gone, Inc  has you covered with a complete line of effective and humane bird control products. The sooner you address a bird problem, the better results you will get. The longer pigeons or other birds are allowed to inhabit an area, the harder it will be to get them to leave.

Have a pigeon or bird problem? Visit Bird-B-Gone, Inc. today, or call us at 1-800-392-6915.

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Pest Bird Problem? Ask an Ornithologist

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

New Feature on Bird-B-Gone Website allows customers to ask an Ornithologist about their pest bird problems.

Mission Viejo CA – Bird-B-Gone, Inc, leading manufacturer of professional bird control products would like to announce an exciting new feature to their website – “Ask the Bird Expert”. Bird-B-Gone has added an Ornithologist to their team of bird control specialists to help customers tackle tough bird problems. Ornithology is the study of birds, adding a scientist to the team will ensure that Bird-B-Gone customers are receiving the best advice available when it comes to deterring birds from commercial, industrial or residential settings.

“Ask the Bird Expert” will be a helpful new tool in the bird control industry. Having the insight of an ornithologist will close the gap between the science of nature, and the nature of bird control. Customers posting questions will receive answers from a PHD in Ornithology on a variety of topics including bird control, bird behavior and more. The new page will have a “Meet the Ornithologist” section with a bio, list of qualifications and an archive of previously asked questions and answers. “Ask the Expert” is just one of the many free resources Bird-B-Gone offers to their customers. With over 60 years of combined hands on experience from the Bird-B-Gone team, “Ask the Bird Expert” is a natural addition to the Bird-B-Gone website.

About: At Bird-B-Gone it’s our expertise, training and customer service that set us apart. Our high quality bird control products carry the longest industry guarantees, and are proudly made in the United States.

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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