has many species of birds, and
only a few will become a nuisance.
from the US Fish & Wildlife Service:
A Migratory Bird
Depredation Permit authorizes certain management and control activities
necessary to provide for human health and safety, protect personal
property, or allow resolution of other injury to people or property. No
permit is required merely to scare or herd depredating migratory birds
other than endangered or threatened species and bald or golden eagles.
A depredation permit is intended to provide short-term relief from
migratory bird depredation until long-term measures can be implemented
to reduce or eliminate the depredation problem through nonlethal
control techniques. You must be at least 18 years of age to apply. Your
application must include a recommendation from the U.S. Department of
Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife
Services, for addressing your depredation problem.
These birds usually create a nuisance by either nesting or
They will nest in dryer vents, roof vents, above lights. Starlings and
sparrows are not protected in Minnesota. Starlings can be evicted out
of these areas and exclusion can be installed to prevent future nesting
and roosting problems.
Pigeons create some of the same problems, they have nesting
sites, roosting sites and loafing sites. All of these areas can create
a hazard with bird droppings and other bird parasites. Pigeon droppings
have been known to carry many diseases and extreme caution should used
when cleaning. NWC usually removes the problem birds through a trapping
program. Then we will install some extrusions to prevent future
infestations. Pigeons are also unprotected in
will confuse the sounds that
with that of bats. If a colony of Swifts move into your chimney you
will hear the chirping of the babies when the mother bird comes and
goes. Chimney swifts are federally protected; it is against the law to
destroy the birds, nests or eggs without a Federal depredation permit.
The best thing to do is to wait till the babies are able to fly and NWC
will install a chimney cap to prevent next years nests.
Swallows usually create a problem when they create their mud
nests on your home. If you have had a swallow nesting problem in the
past it will most likely return. Because swallows are also federally
protected it is unlawful to destroy the birds, nests or eggs without a
Depredation Permit. To prevent future nesting NWC can install exclusion
netting and other preventative measures to deter future
Residential geese are becoming an alarming pest in
Minnesota. With each goose producing up to 3 pounds of poop a day, they
destroy a recreational area in a few days. We use two control
with Canada Geese, non-lethal and lethal. With a Non-lethal program we
will use a variety of deterrents; this will include the use of noise
deterrents, visual deterrents, chemical deterrents and physical
barriers. Our other program is a population control. This can include
eggs oiling and goose round ups. Any lethal control needs a federal