Resolving Roosting Bird Conflicts

Resolving Roosting Bird Conflicts
Duration: 60 Minutes
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Recorded on: 2022-08-04
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Birds tend to be a welcome addition to human spaces – that is until instead of relaxing songs they create noisy caws, and instead of a pair perching by your window, you have a dozen messing up your house and car. This webinar discusses roosting birds, their behavior, and common conflicts humans tend to have with them.

Back on the Justice Clearinghouse to share his expertise in human-wildlife conflict, particularly with roosting birds is Dave Pauli. Dave has been in the animal welfare profession for more than four decades. He is currently the Director and a Field Responder for the Humane Society of the United States where he’s worked across all 50 states and 24 countries on domestic animal and wildlife projects.

Specifics of this session include:

  • The concept of humane wildlife response.
  • The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA): When it was enacted, what it mandates, and its enforcement.
  • Species that are not protected by the MBTA, the big three species, these species’ look-alikes, and problems that may arise from misidentifying them.
  • Urban feral species – what they are, their characteristics, common issues and concerns, and management strategies.
  • The two common forms of roosting bird problems – bird droppings and communal roosting.
    • Bird dropping concerns: The toxicity of bird droppings, its chemical reaction to certain materials, the damage it can inflict on property, and the public health, public safety, worker safety and air traffic risks it can pose.
    • Communal roosting: The reasons why birds communally roost and how this poses issues to humans.
  • What hazing is, the process and critical elements of effective hazing, and different tools that may be used for hazing.
  • Considerations to look into when answering roosting birds complaint calls and responding to these, and the value of presenting options on how to resolve these conflicts to the citizens.
  • Referring to state and national range maps to accurately identify species that may be causing issues in the community.
  • The four primary methods to keep birds away – and why deterrents and physical barriers are preferred over chemical repellants and trapping.
  • A rundown of some of the most common roosting birds encountered within the US – their characteristics, reasons they end up in urban areas, and guidelines to manage issues with these species effectively through habitat modification and by removing attractants.
  • An invitation to take the Wild Neighbor’s Pledge.
  • Examples and tips were provided throughout the presentation to demonstrate effective conflict management strategies.

Points raised during the Q&A are about:

  • Top bird-hazing tips.
  • Post-release monitoring for the goose given a 3D-printed bill prosthesis.
  • Using auditory recordings of predators and alarm calls for hazing and deterrence.


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Audience Comments

  • “Alternate ways of “hazing” for roosting wildlife. Love the story about the prosthetic beak on the Goose!” — Catherine
  • “There is a lot of droppings under crow rookeries. Also amazed at the number of different species of sparrows in the area.” — Daniel
  • “I really enjoyed the presenter’s animal welfare mindset and his common sense perspectives on being an effective advocate for the birds while serving the public need.” — Katie
  • “Great suggestions for hazing>” — Jessica
  • “The presenter was very knowledgeable and did a good job covering a lot of information concisely and within the allotted time.” — Stacy
  • “Frequent, repeated, and elevated!” I’ll be sure to add that to the talks I have with people.” — Stacey






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