Targeting Program Development
Aviaway, LLC recommends that our clients exhaust all other options for removing pest birds from a facility prior to utilizing our specialized targeting services. Furthermore, we strongly recommend that all ingress points for unwanted birds are identified, and that those areas are mitigated. Finally, we advise our clients to try and remove the pest birds via live capture programs or mist nets prior to utilizing a targeting service. Our targeting service is intended as a last resort option when public health is being impacted by pest bird activity.
After all client options have been exhausted and the pest birds remain within a facility, a site assessment will be conducted, and a targeting plan developed. The facility will be surveyed, bird nesting or roosting sites identified, and a written safety plan drafted. Finally, a targeting specialist and a spotter will be assigned to the project, and the targeting service program will be coordinated with the client, and local law enforcement agencies will be notified as appropriate or may be required by local ordinances.
Our targeting programs ensure that all of the pest birds will be removed from a facility with precision, and in the safest manner possible. Indoor targeting presents unique and unusual concerns for bird removal. The presence of windows at various elevations, skylights, lighting fixtures, fire suppression and smoke/fire detection components, mechanical systems, wiring and cabling, etc., as well as the probability that staff will be on site, all dictate that the most prudent targeting decisions are made. At times, the best tactic is to delay targeting a pest bird if the circumstances are not ideal. Our staff have the training, experience and discretion to execute a targeting plan with impeccable judgment and prudence.
Aviaway exclusively employs experienced law enforcement (active and retired) personnel to perform our bird removal targeting services. Personnel with Aviaway, LLC ensure that the highest standards of safety and marksmanship are employed, with the responsible delivery of service that clients expect of law enforcement professionals. Our specialists are required to be very highly skilled, and typically have advanced sniper/marksman training and experience well above and beyond the mandatory minimum state training requirements for law enforcement certification. High standards ensure that our bird removal services are accurate, highly effective and humane.
Our targeting specialists undergo a trade-specific training program which is tailored to the distinctive environments in which our services are typically requested. We are uniquely qualified to deliver bird removal targeting services while having staff that is capable of addressing unusual events or unforeseen circumstances, such as the occasional objector or unruly staff member. No other bird removal targeting vendor can provide personnel that are nearly as dynamic, well rounded, highly trained and prepared to address any situation.
Depending upon how severe your bird problem is, what type of bird you are trying to deter, type of surface the bird spikes are going to be installed on and branding concerns, bird spikes may be the appropriate deterrent control for your bird problem.
There are several regulatory aspects that must be considered before planning a bird removal targeting service. The first and most critical step in considering a bird removal targeting service as a method to remove pest birds from within a facility is proper bird species identification.
There are over a thousand types of bird species in North America. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 703-712) (“MBTA”) is the foundation for bird protection and conservation in the United States. Congress, in 1913, recognized that several bird species were in decline and deemed it illegal to shoot birds in the United States, unless in accordance with the MBTA. In short, the MBTA is a series of treaties for the protection of migratory birds. The MBTA is a strict liability law, in that intent to act in contravention of the MBTA is not required to be proven. As such, any “taking” or “possession” of any of the protected bird species is a violation of the MBTA. Penalties for violating the MBTA upon conviction can be severe.
Approximately 868 (83 percent) of these bird species found in the United States are protected by the MBTA, 75 bird species (9 percent) are protected by the Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1531) (“ESA”) and 43 bird species (5 percent) are covered and protected by both the MBTA and ESA.
However, there are only three bird species that are not covered under the MBTA or ESA. Pursuant to the MBTA a majority of the birds found in the United States, with exception of the House Sparrow, Feral Pigeon and the Common Starling are protected by federal law. These birds are not covered under the MBTA or ESA because these species were introduced to the United States by humans and are not native to this continent. As such, the excepted bird species listed above are not protected under the MBTA. These are the only bird species not protected under Federal regulations, and when they present a public health hazard, in accordance with any state and/or local regulations, may be humanely euthanized after other removal methods have been exhausted.
Once the correct bird species has been identified and it is confirmed that the pest bird is either a House Sparrow, Common Starling or a Feral Pigeon, a targeting program may be considered.
The next regulatory consideration is the existence of any state or local regulations pertaining to the targeting of these three bird species. Most states defer to the MBTA, and local ordinances typically pertain to the discharge of a firearm.
Finally, once all of the federal, state and local statutes, regulations or ordinances have be cleared, the next aspect that the targeting program must comply with is the American Veterinary Medical Association (“AVMA”) Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals. The AVMA’s 2013 Edition considers the House Sparrow (Passer Domesticus), Feral Pigeon (Columba Livia) and the Common Starling (Sturnidae) “Free Ranging Wildlife.” Free Ranging Wildlife may only be humanely euthanized by specifically proscribed methodology.
By utilizing state certified, experienced law enforcement personnel and state-of-the-art, task-specific equipment to perform our targeting services, we ensure that the Free Ranging Birds are humanely euthanized in compliance with our targeting protocols and process.
Targeting Safety Process
Performing a bird removal targeting service may be the only effective way of getting rid of pest birds from within a commercial building. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a grocery store, a mall, a warehouse, or a parking garage. Birds such as pigeons, sparrows and starlings can pose a variety of problems for commercial building owners and occupants. When you schedule a bird removal targeting, it’s important to understand all of the safety aspects that go along with the performance of the service.
Each targeting specialists has gone through extensive training and is certified to expertly extract the pest birds under various setting and conditions. All of the personnel who will be doing the targeting will be expert shooters. Each site is unique. One site may have one bird and great lighting, whereas another may have hundreds of birds and no lighting. There are various factors that are considered and reviewed for each service prior to it being performed.
Prior to any bird removal targeting service being conducted, we review state law, local ordinances, and contact appropriate local law enforcement agencies, as may be required, to ensure compliance with local authorities. Further, our staff will conduct a survey of your facility prior to the deployment of our specialized targeting team. Any hazards will be identified in our safety plan. The survey will help identify the various species, as well as to get an idea for the population that needs to be eliminated. In some instances, there are only three or four birds and in others, there may be hundreds.
The bird removal targeting can take place day or night depending upon the hours of operation of your facility. We have the means to come in with the necessary equipment when it is convenient for you. Light stands and other equipment can be used in order to provide sufficient lighting for the bird removal targeting to take place. This will ensure that the individuals responsible for the targeting have proper sights on everything at all times.
Pest birds may also be carriers of diseases and therefore they must be handled appropriately. When the birds have been removed, they are immediately picked up and disposed of in an efficient manner.
Not all companies use the same level of safety when a bird removal targeting is being performed and therefore it is in the best interest for you to make inquiries and ask for references. This will make it easier for you to choose the best company in the area to work with.
We suggest the following is done to provide a high level of safety:
Site inspection and reporting
Use licensed, trained professionals
Site specific targeting plan development
Ensure bird cleanup is handled promptly
Safety is of the utmost importance. While you want to get rid of the birds that are within your commercial building, everything must be handled professionally and safely. This will allow you to get rid of the threat without wondering if anyone or anything is going to be damaged in the process. Pigeons, starlings, and other pests can be removed in a safe manner when you work with a good company.
The unique training and experience of the targeting staff ensures the safe, efficient and effective delivery of bird removal targeting services. This is also why it is important to hire a professional company as opposed to trying to handle an extraction on your own.