Update #1 ·

Update on October 19, 2012

Here's a list on some non intrusive alternatives: Alternatives to Propane Cannons Nets, our number one recommendation for bird control. Nets that totally enclose a blueberry crop are environmentally friendly, and virtually 100% effective in protecting a crop from birds. Side Netting, a variation of total canopy netting described above. This approach has been used by grape growers with great success. Automated Netting Systems, are now available that greatly reduce the number of man hours required to cover crops with nets, making netting a much more viable option for berry and grape farmers. Natural Predators, hawks and falcons are natural predators of starlings, and these birds should be encouraged by blueberry growers to nest in their vicinity of the berry fields. Trinity University researchers have proven the effectiveness of raptors and are encouraging growers to set up raptor nest boxes, but the industry has done little to encourage and expand this program. Starling Traps, to capture the little villains. A lot of web sites explain the details about making starling traps. Blueberry Growers could easily build their own starling traps in the off season. Professional Trapping, Okanagan Fruit Grower Assoc's. and Washington State berry growers use the services of professional trappers. Fraser Valley blueberry growers should do the same. Doesn't eliminating the problem make the most sense? Lasers, a Cloverdale berry farmer has invented a laser unit that is effective in scaring birds from his fields. Lasers are totally silent and work better than cannons according to the inventor. Repellents, biodegradeable and non-poisonous, such as Bird Shield or Rejex-It. These products are FDA approved in the USA, and Rejex-it has been approved in Canada. The Eagle also known as a Jackite , is a model of a bird, or eagle, that soars on a tethered line and patrols fields up to 2.5 acres. Click on the following to view a U-Tube video of a Jackite protecting a blueberry field, and see how realistic the jackite is at simulating a real hawk or falcon: Jackite on U-Tube. Streamers, and reflective tapes, quiet and environmentally friendly. Used by many blueberry growers. Companion Planting, some growers plant companion or sacrificial crops borderiing their blueberry fields. They scare the birds from their blueberry fields but let them remain and dine on the sacrificial plantings. Intervention in the Fields, is it old fashioned to think that farmers should spend some time in their fields during the harvest period when their crop is ripe and vulnerable to birds? Human intervention in the fields is one of the best bird scare methods. Overhead Devices, there are a wide variety of overhead devices that can be used, such as scare eye balloons, helikytes, soaring devices, etc. Scare Windmills, reflective windmills, powered by the wind. The reflective blade surfaces flash UV light that scares birds, silently. Canine Patrols used successfully by golf courses to discourage birds and waterfowl. Also used at airports to deter birds for safety reasons. Metal and mirrored flashers, such as hanging pie plates, mirrors, etc. Mylar vibrating line, a thin line that flashes and also vibrates and hums to scare birds. High frequency noise devices, products that put out a high frequency noise that humans can't hear, but birds can and are frightened by. Inflatables, recently a UK group sent us an e-mail describing their new bird scare device designed initially for airports, by people in the aviation industry. The device can also be used in other applications, including agriculture, and is currently in the testing phase. The Owl, a life-like owl model that can be positioned on a pole or along fencing to deter birds. ScareCrows, which have been used by farmers for hundreds of years. High-tech Scarecrows, A Canadian company has created 'scarebots' to ward off hu

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