Falconry Based bird abatement vs. traditional methods


is nature as effective as man made methods?


We at Sky Predators believe that nature has already provided the most effective bird control available. Falconry based bird abatement is 100% natural, completely green, and environmentally friendly. It is a quiet, non-invasive way to protect your crops or property from nuisance birds. Best of all it is extremely effective if done properly. Nature has hard wired both predator and prey with basic knowledge. By using well trained and flown falcons we create a protection area by putting a hunting falcon in the air over the crops or property. By having several falcons "hunting" the area, nuisance birds will avoid the area keeping them from damaging valuable crops, feed, buildings, equipment, ect.

Propane Cannons/Noise Makers

While these devices seem to work well at the start their effectiveness falls apart in just a few days. Nuisance birds quickly become accustomed to the sound of these devices. Soon showing no fear what so ever. These are also limited in only initially being effective near where they are set up. Worst of all they create a lot of noise pollution. In some areas, such as residential and industrial areas, these noise makers are not a viable option.

Shooting

Shooting follows propane cannons/noise makers in drawbacks. Nuisance birds quickly become accustomed to the sound of shooting. Soon they learn the limited range of humans and guns and stay just out of range. Shooting is also labor intensive and generally yields less than desirable results. Noise and safety is another concern. In some areas, such as residential and industrial areas, shooting is not a viable option.

Netting

Netting can be very effective in the correct situations. Netting if used incorrectly will allow nuisance birds to damage fruit through the net or allow bird to get inside the netting as well. Netting is very expensive and requires lots of labor to set up. Labor and material costs coupled with normal wear and tear to the net can make it more hassle than it is worth.

Large orchards with cherries, apples, nuts and feedlots/industrial applications would not be possible to net as well.   

Chemical Bird Repellents

Chemical bird repellents pose a new set of issues. These are usually a type of poison. This is not at all enviromentally friendly. From water and food contamination to sick and dead birds passing on poisons to other predators.


As you can see falconry based bird abatement is a very effective solution that can deliver superior results.    

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what is falconry based bird abatement?

 

"Falconry" is the art of hunting wild quarry with a trained bird of prey. Falconry dates back over 4000 years. Essentially it is the art of training a raptor to partner and cooperatively hunt wild quarry with a human.


"Falconry based bird abatement" is the use of highly trained birds of prey to intimidate and scare off nuisance birds from an area. Since the dawn of time prey species have been hard wired to avoid predators. In falconry-based bird abatement the predator is the falcon and the prey is any type of nuisance bird in the area. When a falcon is seen hunting it naturally causes all prey species of birds to avoid the area due to fear of being eaten. If an area becomes known as a hunting grounds for raptors the nuisance birds will avoid it and look for new locations to feed/roost/live.


The falconer will through training create a partnership with his falcons. Both the falconer and the falcon will know their jobs in the field. The falconer locates and identifies staging and problem areas for invading flocks of nuisance birds. The falconer can then fly those areas with falcons to deter nuisance birds from entering the property. The falconer will always be on the look out for nuisance birds entering the property and will release a falcon to drive them off the property.


When the the Falcon is released it will generally climb high in the sky in order to stoop down at high speed at nuisance birds or the falconers lure. The presence of a falcon will intimidate and scare off nuisance birds from the area. By keeping a falcon on the wing patroling the area it deters nuisance birds from coming into the area. Also by stooping to a lure if no birds are present it looks like a falcon is actively hunting. The falcon is then called down by the falconer and given a reward. Through this process strong partnerships are formed and falcons can be flown many times through out the day increasing the visibility to potential nuisance birds.


The falconer must work on-site seven days a week for the duration of the contract. Occasional use of falconry based bird abatement is ineffective.


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