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Airstrike Bird Control, Inc. offers a wide range of bird control services.

What is Falconry-based Bird Control?

Agricultural crops are at risk from roving flocks of hungry birds which could consume or damage large portions of the harvest. There are several well–known possible solutions, some more effective or more economical then others. And then there is a millennia-old technique – Falconry – that is proving to be a better solution.

Falconry-based bird control is the use of highly trained birds of prey. Falcons partner with the Falconer to chase away pest birds. Falconers must be licensed by the State of California as well as the United States Government.

The Falconer roves the fields to locate and identify invading flocks of Starlings, English Sparrows and other undesirable birds. He then releases the Falcon who then climbs high in order to dive and swoop towards the invading birds. The sudden presence of a Falcon terrifies the birds that then fly away from the crop in a panic. The Falcon then returns to the Falconer as he has been trained to do.

The Falconer must work on-site from the time when the crop is ripening through harvest. Seven days a week during daylight hours. Occasional use is ineffectual.

How does this compare to the alternatives?

Falconry offers significant advantages over other bird control methods. These include:

  • Netting. Netting is effective in controlling small crop areas, but becomes expensive over large acreage. Falconry is generally more economical than netting.
  • Mylar strips. Shiny flickering Mylar strips are good at deterring individual birds. But large flocks of hungry invading birds become acclimated to the effect. And the bird’s hunger drive trumps the visual disturbance that Mylar causes. Birds never become acclimated to the sight of a Falcon. That sign of danger is hard-wired into the bird’s brain.
  • Noisemakers. Propane cannons or blank or whistle-firing shotguns can frighten birds away. But invading flocks of birds become acclimated to such noises, so effectiveness gradually drops off. Falcons are quieter and much safer than these methods. Additionally there are the costs and risks involved in having farm hands driving around fields with shotguns or pyrotechnics. Pyrotechnic "screamers" and "whistlers" also may cause inadvertent fires in dry climates.

How can Airstrike Bird Control, Inc. help you?

Airstrike Bird Control, Inc. can provide experienced, trained and licensed Falconers, each with a number of trained and experienced Falcons. Falconers and Falcons will work your fields during the time period where the crop is most at risk.

Each agricultural situation is unique. The necessary hours per day and number of Falcons vary with the situation. Airstrike Bird Control, Inc. will visit your facilities to evaluate your situation and submit a quotation for services. Airstrike Bird Control, Inc. personnel are not your employees – they are independent contractors and so do not impact your withholding or workman’s compensation situation.