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#191935 - 02/03/09 06:36 AM starlings vs. bridge  
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people in virginia have lost their minds. not only did they have to rescue the macaws here from idiots they just rescued 30 golden retrievers that also over the weekend had 28 puppies. now because starlings have made the benjamin harrison bridge their home and have pooped every where and vdot feels they are destroying the bridge they are going to put out poison to kill the birds. they said on the news that only the birds that eat the poison will die and will not affect the other birds that havent. i need to move these people have really lost their minds in va and i have lived here all my life. what about any baby birds or other birds that may come back in the future. they had an issue before with vultures last summer at a park and set off fire crackers to get rid of them. they only went to another hood and did damage again. i'm at my wits end with virginia.
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Posted by Terry Alexander

PRINCE GEORGE, VA (WWBT) - An out of control population of european starlings that have taken roost on the Benjamin Harrison Bridge is causing a bird dropping problem.

After a several attempts to shoo them away to no avail, VDOT has decided they have no choice but to kill them.

The birds have made the enormous lift bridge their home and their remains have become a danger, not only to the people who work on the bridge, but on the structure itself.

In some spots their droppings had grown to as much as 18 inches think.

The feces is filled with bacteria which is unhealthy for crews working to fix up the bridge, and it also contains corrosive materials that speed up the bridge's deterioration.

"We are not trying to eradicate the population that is on there right now, we are just trying to reduce them. And that in itself will have an impact on the birds that are still there and they will realize that they aren't safe there," said David Allaben of USDA Wildlife Services.

USDA officials plan to use a restricted chemical that they will place in bait on the bridge. They claim the chemical will only kill the birds that eat it. It will not be transferred to other animals or into the ground and water.

In the past VDOT has used pyrotechnics to scare the birds away. USDA officials say this group of birds is to large and entrenched to be shooed away by that tactic.

They say if this effort works to thin out the population, than pyrotechnics can be used again to keep them from coming back.

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#191944 - 02/03/09 09:23 AM Re: starlings vs. bridge [Re: tristian]  
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Lost their minds or been posessed by demons? Indianapolis had a huge Starling issue with a huge flock that spanned several square miles. Pretty much all of downtown, and onto IUPUI Campus. Loud noises worked fine, but they found that it had to be random bursts at random times, with random noises and lights to actually scare them and make them think that THE ULTIMATE PREDATOR had arrived. There was no poison, well other than the chemicals being released by factories and such that the EPA was ignoring, but that is another issue. So if something eats the starling, it will be ok?

The winters have been sucking, but WI is a nice place and we'd be fortunate to have you call us home.


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#192017 - 02/03/09 11:07 PM Re: starlings vs. bridge [Re: Meri]  
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Uhmmm...clean the bird poop off the bridge.


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#192071 - 02/04/09 01:03 PM Re: starlings vs. bridge [Re: Donnalee]  
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So what's wrong with a little bird poop? I consider it to be a fashion statement!


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#192074 - 02/04/09 01:53 PM Re: starlings vs. bridge [Re: Cleo's Mom]  
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I think the big fear of bird droppings stems from the bridge collapse in Minneapolis. They assumed that the acid and ammonia in the droppings accelerated the corrosion on the bridge causing it to come down. Hopefully they will find a way to stop the birds from nesting on the bridges and avoid the problem in the future.
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#192813 - 02/12/09 04:51 AM Re: starlings vs. bridge [Re: BE2Cassie]  
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There are gardeners who might be willing to remove that wonderful stuff free, if the DOT would let them.


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