Harris hawks patrol landfill
Saturday, July 11 2009 @ 04:07 AM EDT
Contributed by: Anonymous
Three Harris hawks and a handler are working to keep nuisance birds such as gulls and crows from calling the Salmon Arm Landfill home and potentially interfering with air traffic.
The Columbia Shuswap Regional District has signed a three-year bird-management contract with Raptor Ranch Inc. of Abbotsford.
The centre is part of a network of rehabilitators, falconers, vets and environmentalists that specializes in non-kill, non-chemical bird control.
According to a Raptor Ranch website, handlers are trained falconers and the centre has developed procedures that are more public friendly and safer for the predatory birds and the prey birds.