The Golden State has its own set of bird problems. From pest birds that ruin a nut growers crops to stubborn cormorants that could cost taxpayers millions, California’s battle with birds is no small issue.
Nut Growers Lose Out to Pest Birds
Bird losses to California’s nut crops run into the million of dollars annually. Ravens cause the greatest damage to pistachios, followed by crows, Blackbirds, Scrub Jays and House Finches. Almonds and walnuts are also particularly hard hit. In Northern California's Sutter and Yuba counties, almonds are grown on thousands of acres. Growers report that crows cause extensive crop losses. The birds not only eat the nuts but knock them to the ground when they land and take off. Since many nuts are harvested as they are shaken from the tree, any nuts on the ground are lost. Flocks as large as 250 crows normally enter orchards.
Spending $33 Million to Get Rid of 800 Birds?
A crucial section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was recently replaced. The problem: 800 double-crested cormorants refuse to leave the old 78-year-old bridge section. The protected birds have nested along the bridge for decades, and have no interest in moving to the new section. As a result, delays in demolishing the old section could cost taxpayers $33 million!
The Solution? Effective, Humane Bird Control
The bird control experts at Bird B Gone offer a number of solutions to California’s varied bird problems. Here are just a few:
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