Falconry is the 4000 year old art of hunting with a trained bird of prey. We use ancient techniques combined with modern understanding and technology to manipulate the behaviour of nuisance birds to provide a sustainable and ecologically friendly solution to your pest problem. Falconry based bird abatement uses nature's own instincts in order to deter problem birds by using the real threat of an apex predator. We fight nature with nature.
Falconry based bird abatement is far more discrete than propane bangers and pyrotechnics which disrupt neighbours and that birds are bound to become desensitized to. Many nuisance bird species are federally protected in which case we work very closely with the Ministry of Environment under federally issued permits in order to develop a long lasting solution for your specific location.
We are an effective deterrent solution for just about any problem. There are many factors that we consider when developing a plan to deal with your bird problem. By establishing a false 'territory' with our trained birds of prey we are essentially notifying the nuisance birds that this is the raptor's home and for them to roost would pose a major threat to their well being. In the wild raptors establish a territory in which they hunt and live- and so even when the raptor is not in direct sight the nuisance birds suspect that it is nearby. The nuisance birds' priority is self perseverance, and often the mere presence of a raptor is enough to encourage them to move along. After assessing the individual needs of your location we can aggressively begin to deter the nuisance birds by actively hunting and establishing a territory with our trained raptors.
Animals can carry disease organisms that can cause severe illness in humans. Diseases that can be transmitted to humans are referred to as zoonotic diseases. Nuisance birds such as gulls and pigeons are common carriers of zoonotic disease. The spread of disease can occur by direct and indirect transmission methods. Direct spread of a disease may occur through contact, ingestion of the pathogen, or through inhalation (or aerosol) exposure. Indirect methods involve fomites – or inanimate objects that can transfer pathogens – most commonly insects that walk across or ingest the feces of infected nuisance birds. This poses a major health and safety risk to workers and can result in illness, time off, workers compensation claims, and lost revenue.
Not only is zoonotic disease a major health and safety risk to workers, but the highly acidid and corrosive feces of nuisance birds can cause irreversible damage to property including buildings and vehicles. The corrosive effects can even continue after the feces have been removed. If left unmanaged, within a few short years a hundred nuisance birds can quickly turn into thousands of birds spreading disease, damaging property, and diving at workers.
We have specialized training and licenses including;
- Registered Veterinary Technician
- Advanced Wildlife Technician
- Hunter's Safety Education
- General Falconry Licence
- Small Game Licence
- Migratory Bird Licence
- Fur Trapper's Licence
- Working at Heights
- Elevated Work Platform Safety Training
- Man-lift Operator Licence
- as well as site specific training for many large industrial companies
We have abated species from pigeons to gulls, swallows, grackles, starlings, robins, cedar waxwings, and geese. Our methods incorporate a variety of methods ranging from the use of highly trained raptors for falconry based bird abatement to pyrotechnics, exclusion netting, trapping, shooting and using highly trained working dogs.
Some of our clients have included as entertainment venues, festivals, agricultural abatement for orchards, marinas, solar farms and large commercial industrial sites. We have experience in abatement with just about every variety of bird problem.
There are multiple gull species that can be found native to Ontario. Gulls are protected by the Ministry of Environment and so we strictly operate under permit to abate these species. Every March thousands of gulls begin their migratory return to their nesting grounds. These sea birds exist in great numbers and often we find ourselves being overrun by hundreds of nests. Each mating pair of gulls will lay anywhere from 3-5 eggs per clutch in April-June, this is how their numbers will grow so exponentially quickly. This nuisance bird tends to congregate near food sources, on roof tops, and near water fronts. This brazen species will even dive at patrons and steal food right off of their plate! If left unmanaged, within a few short years those hundreds of birds can easily turn into thousands of gulls diving at employees and patrons as they try to defend their nesting ground or snag an easy meal.
Pigeons are an unprotected species that often congregate in highly urbanized areas. They roost over restaurants, in parking garages, inside industrial buildings and will sit and defecate, destroying property and ruining the paint on vehicles all day long. Pigeons have even been known to flock towards food sources and can become quite aggressive in urban areas where they are desensitized to the presence of humans. They do not leave Ontario over the winter months and will roost, making them a particularly stubborn problem species to abate.
The unofficial mascot of Canada could arguably be the Canadian Goose. Known for their aggressive nature and lack of manners, there have been many 'funny' viral videos circulating the internet of nesting geese attacking unsuspecting people. However, this is no laughing matter, as an adult goose has the ability to seriously injure a human being. Often unprovoked, it is a common sight to see a goose hissing and lunging at patrons simply trying to go about their day. Geese are protected by the Ministry of Environment and so we strictly operate under permit in order to abate this nuisance species. Using dogs and nest disruption we are able to convince the nuisance birds that your property is not an amicable and conducive to their reproduction, encouraging them to move elsewhere.