This just in from Bird-X
An e-mail after our story last week about the Web petition concerning Rochester goose control:
Unfortunately, I do understand the need to get rid of the geese. Birds and their droppings can carry over 60 diseases, compiled here. Also, people coming into contact with goose droppings are at risk for skin infection. They certainly can become a problem.
I do not support, however, the killing of geese. Any directly lethal method such as poison or hunting is incredibly ineffective in the long-term, as the underlying problem still remains: the area is still attractive to geese. Studies show that a new population almost always takes the place of a destroyed one, and often in larger force.
The buffer, however, will probably be for the best. It will significantly help water quality in an eco-friendly way, as well as naturally thin the population of geese. They are clearly artificially overpopulated in the area, and the buffer will put a natural strain on their population.
In the meanwhile, there are humane and economical ways to remove geese from an area. Dr. Philip Whitford is a Professor of Biology at Capital University in Columbus OH, and has been studying Canada goose behavior and vocal communications since 1979. He holds a PhD in biological sciences in the field of animal behavior, and BS and MS degrees in wildlife management.
His research led to the development of GooseBuster, which plays recordings of actual goose alarm and alert calls. He obtained these calls in nature after nearly 30 years of field research, and they are the only such calls in the world. They have been very effective at repelling geese permanently.
In addition, there are food grade taste aversions like GooseChase, that make any grassy area unpalatable to geese.
Bird-X, Inc. has been known as the humane bird control experts for over 40 years, and over that time we have acquired knowledge in almost every area of pest control. We would be happy to be interviewed or comment in any article your paper decides to publish, and we can be reached by phone, e-mail or fax. Just some examples of subjects we are familiar with:
-diseases that humans can get from birds and/or droppings (over 60, and some can be fatal)
-money spent (and time spent) on cleanup
-property devaluation due to droppings
-droppings corroding structures, defacing walls, and shortening the life of capital investments (plus, nobody wants to live/work/shop at a place littered with droppings)
-why harming birds is no good for the environment (or the birds, for that matter!)
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