GENESEO – SUNY Geneseo says that they will be using nonlethal scare tactics, some of which might be noticed in the Village nearby, to move large flocks of crows whose droppings could cause some problems on campus.
According to an email to the College community by Darlene Necaster, SUNY Geneseo’s Environmental Health and Safety Officer, the big birds’ droppings are a health concern. The College’s Facilities Services and students and faculty with the Biology Department have cooked up some techniques to scare crows but also study some of their behavior.
Her email is as follows:
Over the past few years during the cold winter months, you may have noticed large numbers of crows roosting in trees in certain areas on campus, primarily between Sturges and the Heating Plant as well as in the trees around K-lot. Crows typically roost in large numbers from dusk to dawn, then disperse during the daylight hours. Recent sightings have indicated they have returned for another season. While crows play an important role in our ecosystem, their droppings can cause some problems when roosting in public areas.
In order to reduce the negative effect from crow droppings on public health, buildings, equipment, and grounds, Facilities Services along with faculty and students from the Biology Department have composed a crow management plan to decrease the number of roosting crows. The plan was developed after consulting with the United States Department of Agriculture and several crow experts. Similar non-lethal tactics such as those used to control the crow populations in Rochester will be implemented on campus. The use of strobe lights, distress calls and possibly pyrotechnics will be utilized frequently throughout the winter months during the evening/night hours. Biology students will be conducting independent research on crow behavior throughout this process.
Please note that the crows will not be physically harmed during any of these procedures.
Should you have questions or concerns regarding this plan, please contact Darlene Necaster, Environmental Health and Safety Officer x5812 or Kirk Spangler, Associate Director of Facilities Services x6408.
Note: The contact number for campus Environmental Health and Safety is (585) 245-5812.