Caw. Caw. Caw.

crows sky albany twilight 2015-02-17

With the return of cold weather, the huge flocks of crows that roost in urban areas have also show up. And once again there is an effort to disperse them.

The USDA trucks are set to start rolling through the city of Albany November 16 and 17 in the late afternoon and early evening. From a press release:

The non-lethal dispersal will be conducted by wildlife biologists from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They will be driving marked vehicles and wearing uniforms and a yellow safety vest marked "USDA Wildlife Services." The work will be repeated at two-week intervals throughout winter where roosts develop.
The non-lethal methods used to disperse crows include pyrotechnics, spotlights, non-harmful lasers, and recorded crow distress calls that are amplified. Several of these methods produce loud noises and flashing lights similar to sirens and fireworks that frighten birds and may be heard or observed by local residents.
Residents are strongly encouraged to place household trash in containers with lids to discourage crows from feeding. Residents may also use bright flashlights to disperse crows roosting in trees.

The crows can cause problems, as the press release notes, "because of their droppings and the ruckus they create." But we've come to appreciate their presence in winter -- they make the city feel more alive somehow. And there's some beauty in watching the flocks cross the sky at dusk.

Also: Crows are very smart. And maybe having a good relationship with them will pay off during the inevitable avian uprising.

Comments

'The crows can cause problems, as the press release notes, "because of their droppings and the ruckus they create."' ... Ruckus, indeed. #teamcrow

We love the crows! Flashing lights and fireworks seem more disruptive to me than the crows do.

Beware.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.

Search

Recently on All Over Albany

Stuff to do this weekend

Thanks for tuning in. Cue the theme music for Stuff to Do This Weekend. Coming up: Holiday music, scantily-clad Santas, Elf with all the popcorn... (more)

Family business

New York State has a prohibition on chain state liquor stores and sales of wine and liquor in supermarkets. As it happens, members of the... (more)

First Day Hikes

One of the best ways to make winter more enjoyable is to actually get outside for some sort of activity. And here's an opportunity to... (more)

Morning Blend

Schenectady fire An early morning house fire on Rugby Road in Schenectady has left five people homeless. [TU][WNYT] Pedestrian in fatal crash identified Police have... (more)

Gawking at the @HudsonPark residential conversion in Albany

This week we got a chance to gawk at the still-under-construction residential conversion of the former Long Energy building at Myrtle and Swan, right across... (more)

Recent Comments

I just learned about the Woman's Club of Albany yesterday, during the Holiday House tour. It's a really large space that is chock full of character, and they rent it out for parties of the type Maureen is interested in.

Gawking at the @HudsonPark residential conversion in Albany

...has 5 comments, most recently from Ian B

Family business

...has 1 comment, most recently from ethan

First Day Hikes

...has 1 comment, most recently from bb

A few of the 700some stories about the street names of Albany

...has 6 comments, most recently from Greg

A large, interesting party space in Albany?

...has 5 comments, most recently from Jenna