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Bay Area Bird Blog » Rossmoor is going to kill dozens of woodpeckers
November
17th 2008
Rossmoor is going to kill dozens of woodpeckers

Posted under activism & bird behavior

From the SF Chronicle article

On the outer edges of Rossmoor, the retirement community nestled between Lafayette and Walnut Creek, a war has been waged for seven years pitting man against woodpecker. The woodpeckers are winning.

But now, the battle is about to go to a whole new level. Homeowners in Rossmoor received a yearlong permit in June from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to kill up to 50 of the pesky birds in an attempt to shoo away the others. Under the terms of the permit, the homeowners must continue to seek nonlethal methods of ridding the homes of the birds, said service spokesman Al Donner.

I hope lots of people object to this..including you, if you are reading this article.  The article mentions some things that the homeowners have tried — some of them are ridiculous, like a fake spider that moves up and down in response to noise — but it doesn’t say that they’ve tried some of the obvious things, like (1) leaving deadwood (dead branches and trees) standing if it is not a threat to fall on someone’s house, and (2) covering the part of the house under the eaves, which the woodpeckers favor, with a piece of tin.  

The Chief Executive’s Office at the Rossmoor retirement community is at 925-988-7712, why not give them a call and ask them to contact the Mount Diablo Audubon Society for help?

Brian Murphy of Audubon has some good ideas; he’s at 925-937-8835.  If you want to get involved in a bigger way than just calling the Rossmoor CEO, give Brian a call. 

 

 

 

One Response to “Rossmoor is going to kill dozens of woodpeckers”

  1. John Pritchard on 03 Jan 2009 at 10:07 am #

    It is sad that people’s commitment to nature is so shallow that the moment a wild animal does something annoying they want to kill it. I am not against occationally using deadly methods to control animal populations if it can be scientifically justified. But how can they justify this for the acorn woodpeckers? These are magnificent birds and we don’t have too many we have too few.

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