ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – People in Albany might hear some strange noises over the next few days. The fireworks and sirens aren’t intended for people however, they’re part of the City’s annual effort to scare off crows.
Starting Wednesday, wildlife biologists will be conducting a non-lethal dispersal of fall and winter roosts of American crows which typically gather in Albany this time of year.
The City of Albany requested the help because of the droppings and constant noise resulting from the crows’ presence.
The non-lethal dispersal will be conducted by wildlife biologists from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services, and part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
To get the birds out of the trees, the biologists are using tools such as pyrotechnics, spotlights, non-harmful lasers, and recorded amplified crow distress calls.
As you might expect, several of these methods produce loud noises and flashing lights similar to sirens and fireworks that are used to frighten birds, but can also worry people in the area, so be warned.
The crow dispersal work will be happening anywhere between Hackett Blvd. and Sheridan Avenue. Officials say this year crews will be particularly targeting the Center Square area of Albany, the neighborhood from Swan Street to Henry Johnson Blvd, and Madison Avenue to State Street.
The dispersal attempts will be performed from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.
The work will be repeated at two-week intervals throughout the winter wherever roosts develop.