So, here is a story recently run in the Columbus Dispatch. It seems the city of Bellefontaine has declared war on its American Crow roost. From time to time you read of unenlightened cities taking on projects to rid their area of some natural occurrence. I suggest they might better invest their money in police protection from violent acts or drug rehabilitation, but as a general rule, this is not that kind of blog.
I would just like to express my thanks to the city of Mansfield and the fine people therein, who realize crow roosts are an incredible act of nature and a fine chance to learn more about the world we live in. After all, no one's life has been threatened by the winter gathering of crows, and yes, the morning after - crow residue may be annoying- it does wash away in the rain. Life is too short to stress over a few thousand crows in the hood.
The article states: "The employees will set off their pyrotechnics and play recordings of crows in trouble about once every three weeks through March, at a cost to the city of about $3,000.
"We need to change the habits of these birds," Bodenmiller said. "But that's hard to do when you're a 'Tree City USA.' "
I have some better ideas for getting more "bang for their buck"... and it might start with a little avian education. And most of all- let's not blame it on the trees! Many Ohio towns are "Tree Cities USA" but do not have the good fortune of hosting a crow roost. They don't know how lucky they are :) Weedpicker / Tree-hugger
Photo: Marshall Gorby Springfield News-Sun