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Strategy

Bird Kites

 

 

 

 

Initiated

2011

Status

Suspended 2017

Target Birds

Canada Geese, Gulls

Overall Results

Ineffective

The Bird Kites provided promising results for the first few weeks. The birds were wary to return to the beaches and parks, as the kites provided the illusion of predators in the area. After the initial weeks, the illusion was broken and the birds began returning to the beaches, parks, and surrounding area. The kites are currently not in use due to their ineffectiveness.


Strategy

Propane Noise Cannon

 

 

 

 

Initiated

2011

Status

Suspended 2017

Target Birds

Canada Geese, Gulls

Overall Results

Ineffective

Propane Noise Cannons were used on both beaches, and provided strong results for a while. The loud bang produced by this cannon would unsettle the birds and cause them to stay away, producing a loud bang at regular intervals to keep the birds away. The effectiveness of the cannon diminished over time, as the birds would no longer become unsettled and wouldn’t fly away. The cannons were removed from both beaches.


Strategy

Coyote Statues

 

 

 

 

Initiated

2016

Status

Suspended 2016

Target Birds

Canada Geese, Gulls

Overall Results

Ineffective

Two Coyote Statues were used across the Mahogany Beaches. These statues kept the birds away due to the illusion of a predator. Staff would regularly move the statues in an attempt to keep up the realism of a live predator on the beaches. The coyote statue stopped becoming effective and the birds were no longer threatened by it, and so the statues were not reused the following spring.


Strategy

Away With Geese! Lights

 

 

 

 

Initiated

2017

Status

In Use

Target Birds

Canada Geese

Overall Results

Effective

These lights are intended to keep Canada Geese away from specific areas by preventing them from feeling comfortable at night when trying to sleep. The flashing lights are still mounted in various locations around the lake to keep the geese away from those specific areas. We are pleased with the results of these lights!


Strategy

Dog Beach Patrol Program

 

 

 

 

Initiated

2017

Status

In Use

Target Birds

Canada Geese, Gulls

Overall Results

Effective

The MHOA organized volunteer initiative has seen tremendous results! Dog Beach Patrol presents the birds with a real, active predator to keep them away. The program has seen multiple improvements and modifications, focused on enhancing the already fantastic results from this program. We want to extend our gratitude to our volunteers and their dogs for helping make this program a success!


Strategy

Agrilaser Handheld

 

 

 

 

Initiated

2019

Status

Suspended 2019

Target Birds

Gulls

Overall Results

Ineffective

The Agrilaser Handheld emits a green laser to induce panic in the birds and cause them to fly away. The gulls on our beaches and in our parks would rarely become panicked and shrugged off the laser. The results from the trial period of the laser were disappointing, and so it has not been implemented into our Bird Control Strategies going forward.


Strategy

Pyrotechnic ‘Guns’

 

 

 

 

Initiated

2020

Status

In Use

Target Birds

Canada Geese, Gulls

Overall Results

TBD

A new strategy being tested this year is the use of Protechnic ‘Guns’ with an assortment of pyrotechnic cartridges. The staff will be testing screamers, whistlers, and blanks to determine which cartridge produces the best results and how effective the use of these devices are. Keep an eye on this space for updates on the use of Pyrotechnic ‘Guns’!

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