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Proceedings Ninth Bird Control Seminar, Bowling Green University, Bowling Green, Ohio, October 4-6, 1983. Ed. William B. Jackson & Beth Jackson Dodd.


Copyright (c) 1983 Donald J. Franke


Almost every major city across the United States is faced with a constant problem of large pigeon populations sharing the downtown streets and buildings with the general public. To some people this is not an objectionable thought, but those who work, live, or shop in the downtown areas realize the nuisances these birds create. Few people, however, realize the full extent of the problems caused by the birds' presence. Some of the more significant hazards are: diseases carried by the bird (Ornithosis, Encephalitis); diseases developed through their droppings (Histoplasmosis, Cryptococcosis); acidic deterioration effect of their droppings on buildings; nesting materials clogging drain pipes, marking window sills; hazardous fire escapes and sidewalks; noise irritation, etc. When any city undertakes a beautification program, the pigeon and its remains must be considered near the top of every priority list. In 1974 such a beautification program was started in a 30·square block of downtown Kansas City, Missouri, and one of the top priorities was the large pigeon population living on the downtown buildings. Following is a description of the program developed to attack this problem.