Managing Urban Bird Pests: Canada Geese and Pigeons

Join the Environmental Protection Agency for an informative webinar on the integrated approaches to managing Canada geese and nuisance pigeons. Dr. Paul Curtis, coordinator of the Wildlife Damage Management Program, at Cornell University Cooperative Extension will describe environmental issues, habits and habitats associated with geese, in urban and suburban areas, as well as, a multitude of integrated solutions to control them. Mr. Michael Beran will discuss the health and safety issues associated with pigeons along with habitat preferences, habitat modification and integrated bird management measures you could take to reduce pigeon roosting in and around your buildings. Your participation in this webinar will provide you with the information needed to address these nuisance birds and the health risks they pose around your schools, buildings and parks.

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Mississippi farmers face problems from feral hogs

Multiplication tables are mind-blowing when it comes to wild hogs: One sow and two six month old piglets have the capability in 20 years of becoming 220,000 crop-eating, land-destroying, water-contaminating, disease-spreading animals.

Apply that formula to the thousands of feral hogs now in the Mississippi landscape, and the potential numbers become downright scary, farmers say.

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Deer management becoming a quandary for Mississippi soybean growers

From Delta Farm Press

Five million pounds of plant biomass — that’s about how much Mississippi’s 1.75 million to 1.9 million deer eat in a day.

And in agricultural areas a goodly chunk of that consumption consists of soybean plants, says Bronson Strickland, associate Extension professor with the Mississippi State University Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture.

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Urban Wildlife Pests: When the Fence is Not Enough

We all like the sight of deer and birds when we’re on a nature walk, but when they’re eating the flowers and vegetables that we’ve spent hours planting and tending, sometimes we’d like to shoot them, or maybe pour some of Granny’s “animal potion” on the plants they’re eating. But when you’re in the confines of a small square lot in the middle of the city, what’s legal?

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