From Portland Oregon, to Rochester Minnesota, and even Watertown NY it seems every year more and more crows are gathering in the winter months and taking over the night skies. Thousands of crows also known as a murder of crows, flock together and roost in just about every city in the country, especially those in northern states. As if 2020 could get any stranger, click here and see for yourself the number of news stories reporting crow destruction or infestation. So, if a few geese in your yard can leave plenty of feces behind imagine what 15,000 leave behind in just one night; click here to find out!
The American crow populations have generally expanded in size and range over the past few decades. This comes even in the wake of the West Nile Virus in 1999, in which American crows exhibited the highest death rate of any species impacted by the disease. The American crow population was estimated to have been decimated by up to 45% by the virus. However crow populations were able to recover and bounce back and are estimated by the BirdLife Fact List to be over 31 million in 2019.
Well, if you are sick of your city skyline looking like something out of a horror movie there are a few techniques we at Loomacres Wildlife Management have used to keep these birds from flocking in certain areas.
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