Bird Scare Devices
This page discusses the various types of bird scare devices the Ban the Cannons group has seen on surrounding farms, and uncovered on our voyages on the internet. They are listed in three categories as follows:
- Chemical Repellents, some of these products are biodegradable and non poisonous, and supposedly when sprayed on blueberries and other fruit, birds won't eat the fruit. Our first thought is what's in this stuff and what are the impacts on humans. Apparently it works, but if these items are poisonous, they belong in the "ugly" category.
- Propane Cannons, enough has already been said about these devices on other pages of this website, but in case you have never seen one, pictures of two different models are displayed on our Cannon Page. And if you are thinking of buying a propane cannon, think again! Give your neighbors a break.
- AV Alarms, this device has driven one of our members to total distraction. It produces bird distress sounds, with the thought that the sound of a bird in distress will warn other birds to stay away. In our member's situation, this distress noise goes off every 11 seconds and lasts 11 seconds in duration, dawn to dusk. And the product on our AV Alarm page can crank this out at 120 decibels. Talk about ugly. Check out the pictures of the various types of these devices on our AV Alarm page.
- PyroTechnics in general, which include a whole host of noisemakers like hand held blank guns, rockets, screechers, and many other noisemaking articles.
- Poisons, in our internet travels several government sites suggest poisons as a way of reducing bird populations. But you have to know that using poisons, like using herbicides and pesticides, will find its way back into the very food that we eat. Why not just spray a little on the blueberries while you're at it!
- Shotguns and rifles, just what we want is the neighborhood blueberry farmer shooting off his gun, see our Gun page. I'm sure that using guns in a populated area like the Fraser Valley of British Columbia is illegal, anyway.
After pulling this information together your webmaster is convinced that nets are the way to go. With one of these options you do not need any of the other "stuff" in the bad and ugly categories, and there would be no conflicts with neighbors or with the environment.
My biggest concern after doing this work is the section on repellents and poisons. If some farmers actually use this stuff, I shudder to think what we are eating. I didn't look at articles in great detail concerning pest control either, but blueberries suffer from the usual array of pests, and a few sites go into the details of pest spraying to kill bugs, mites, and control fungus and molds, etc. They talk about using diazinon, malathion, and a whole host of other poisonous sprays. When I finish the topics concerning noise I am going to find out about sprays and will add a section to this site. It might be scary.
And my biggest disappointment is our own Environment Canada suggesting that robins can be a pest species and shooting them is one solution. Can you believe that an organization that considers itself environmental can suggest shooting robins as a solution to anything??
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