Bird-X Products “Show” Up at National Theatre of Costa Rica

As a company that’s been in business for over 50 years, being a part of history has been the norm. But this time, Bird-X helped preserve history at the National Theatre of Costa Rica.

In April, Fuera Aves PRO, part of the JAMUVI Group of companies, installed 300 meters of Bird-X’s bird shock track system, Avishock™, on the theatre’s rooftop ledges to stop birds from landing and defecating on the beautiful architectural structure.

Avishock™ bird shock track systems are a minimalist, low-profile, and nearly invisible solution to prevent pest birds from landing, roosting, or nesting on building ledges and surfaces. Delivering a startling, yet harmless, electric shock upon contact, these systems provide a humane pest control solution, while maintaining a property’s aesthetics.

According to Javier Muñoz V, JAMUVI Group CEO, the pest control company reached out to the theatre regarding a bird control solution. It’s only been in recent months that the amount of bird droppings became an unbearable eyesore for the popular tourist attraction.

Bird droppings on the theatre's ledge

Bird droppings on the theatre’s ledge, photo courtesy of Javier Muñoz V

The Real Work Begins

“Pigeons continued to cause damage to the theater, because [people] feed them for fun,” said Muñoz. “Pigeons roost and sleep in the buildings around the [area], causing damage [to] the theatre. Because of its architecture, pigeons [can] live and nest [there].”

Because of the easy and inviting nesting area available, many birds have called the theatre home much to the chagrin of the theatre’s facility maintenance staff. When Fuera Aves PRO stepped in, choosing Bird-X products to solve pest problems was an easy decision, as the two companies have had an on-going partnership over the past decade.

“During these years, we have tried several Bird-X products [in different] markets, and on many occasions have had excellent results,” stated Muñoz. “Since the Avishock™ is a different, clean, ecological, aesthetic system [with a] long life and high efficiency, we decided to offer it to the theatre, which [they] accepted.”

Fuera Aves PRO installers hang from the theatre to observe the damage

Fuera Aves PRO installers hang from the theatre to observe the damage, photo courtesy of Javier Muñoz V

Fuera Aves PRO provided a full range of services for the National Theatre of Costa Rica as part of its pest control efforts. This included getting rid of existing bird nests, cleaning the area, washing the building, and of course, installing the Avishock™ system.

“When performing installation work, we had to [really] work [during] pre-cleaning, using specialized height workers. In the following days, workers had to clean areas where they were installing the [Avishock™] tracks, because the pigeons slept on them, littering [the area] all over again,” Muñoz mentioned.

Fuera Aves PRO employee installs Avishock™ on a window arch

Fuera Aves PRO employee installs Avishock™ on a window arch, photo courtesy of Javier Muñoz V

Muñoz went on to discuss the success he’s seen at the theatre, just weeks after the Avishock™ installation, and said the theatre’s results have been very good. He anticipates only continued victory as long as the theatre manages the system per Bird-X’s preventative maintenance instructions.

“The birds try to land on the surface, but the system repels [them] quickly,” Muñoz said.

Just as expected.

A History Lesson on National Theatre of Costa Rica

In October, the National Theatre of Costa Rica will turn 119 years old. It was officially declared one of the country’s national monuments in 1965 due to its architectural beauty and heritage.

During the colonial era in Costa Rica, it was used as a method to evangelize the natives. Later, with the production of coffee beans, Costa Rica experienced an economic boom. And with the advent of independence, Costa Rica began to export coffee. Coffee became extremely important to Costa Rica economically, because it helped establish direct contact with Europe.

In 1890, various merchants and wealthy coffee growers suggested taxing exported coffee. With this tax, the theatre’s construction began. Costa Rican people built the theatre, but they used materials from Belgium (iron), France (glass) and different parts of the Costa Rican territory (bricks and various types of fine wood), which created a very diversified style.

National Theatre of Costa Rica, photo from Wikipedia user Tillor87

National Theatre of Costa Rica, photo from Wikipedia user Tillor87

The building’s architecture was thought to have been inspired by the German neoclassicism of the nineteenth century, and also presents an eclectic aesthetic common in Europe and Latin America at the time. The use of modern metal structures was and the raised floors of the stalls was commonly a characteristic in only the most sophisticated theatres in Europe. However, the columns, windows and balconies portray more influence from Italian Renaissance palaces.

The theater was officially inaugurated in 1897. It was the first building documented as having electricity in the country. Today, after more than a century, the theatre is still marveling both Costa Rican citizens as well as visitors from across the globe.

 

*Quotes have been translated from Spanish and edited for clarity and length

*National Theatre of Costa Rica history provided by Javier Muñoz V

 

Written by Ashley Estes, Marketing Content Manager for Bird-X, Inc.

 

Breaking Into New Industries—The Bird-X Approach

In golf, a ‘birdie’ is usually a good thing. After attending February’s Golf Industry Show in San Diego, Bird-X found out that birdies are causing quite the stir on golf courses across the country.

The reason is the number one pest bird culprit on golf courses—the Canada goose. Canada geese congregate around ponds and lakes, and have been known to produce around a pound each of droppings per day, costing golf courses thousands of dollars in clean-up and maintenance. Many Golf Industry Show attendees shared concern regarding the idea of pest bird prevention—and Bird-X had the perfect recommendation.

Bird-X's ProHawk™ UAV drone soars into new markets

Bird-X’s ProHawk™ UAV drone soars into new markets

In January 2016, Bird-X debuted their new autonomous ProHawk™ UAV drone—the first of its class made specifically for bird control. Bird-X affirms that the drone is simple to use, operate, and implement in many different environments.

But the golf industry isn’t the only one seeing issues caused by pest birds. Dennis Tilles, Bird-X President, stated that Bird-X’s dynamic and diverse line of bird control products are used all over the world in companies within the manufacturing, energy, and transportation industries, and even in the retail, food, and service arenas.

“The ProHawk™ UAV drone allows us to address bird control needs across a variety of industries by providing cost-effective solutions to everyday problems,” Tilles said. “Pest bird management is quickly arriving at the forefront of facility and agricultural planning.”

So, what’s on the horizon for Bird-X? Bird-X is expanding into the agriculture and viticulture industries.  Tilles mentioned that Bird-X’s newest drone helps protect crops from deprivation by conditioning pest birds to stay away. The combination of a terrifying physical appearance and lifelike predator and bird distress calls are the key to its efficacy.

According to Tilles, Bird-X continues to explore other markets where bird control products would be valuable to clients. “With the ProHawk™ UAV drone, it became even more apparent that effective pest bird control should be a key operational management solution for all market segments,” said Tilles.

Don't let pest birds, like Canada geese, cost your business money

Don’t let pest birds, like Canada geese, cost your business money

Do you think your business would benefit from bird control? Let us know in the comments and someone from our knowledgeable and friendly customer service team will reach out to you! Bird-X is dedicated to working with clients to find the best and most cost-effective solutions to combat your pest bird problems.

 

Written by Ashley Estes for Bird-X, Inc.

 

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The Faces of Bird-X

What’s it like to work in bird control? Three members from Bird-X’s sales and customer service teams answer questions about their day-to-day activities and the industry as a whole.

Ray Kroc once said, “You’re only as good as the people you hire.” Kroc may have been in the food industry, but that sentiment rings true everywhere—especially at Bird-X. Bird-X, the leading brand of humane pest and bird control solutions worldwide, prides itself on having the most knowledgeable and experienced staff in the business.

One of those people, Tim Coughlin, a National Account Manager with Bird-X since 2014, has over 30 years of experience selling and installing bird products. His colleague, Tom Olmsted, another National Account Manager at Bird-X, has been selling bird control products for almost five years.

Then there’s Lourdes Ramirez, a Bird-X Customer Service Lead, with just over a year of bird control industry experience. Her newness to the business hasn’t stopped her from gaining insight into the importance of customer service in this dynamic, global industry.

Lourdes Ramirez poses with a few popular Bird-X products

Lourdes Ramirez poses with a few popular Bird-X products.

“If [there is] one thing we take seriously, it’s our clients’ satisfaction! Here at Bird-X, we strive for excellence in customer service and we do our best to keep our customers satisfied,” said Ramirez. “We are given the authority to make decisions that are fair and beneficial to both our clients and [our company].”

After another busy day of client phone calls and e-mails, Coughlin, Olmsted, and Ramirez sit down and discuss the fascinating world of bird control and their place in the Bird-X ‘flock.’

What made you want to start a career in bird control?

Ramirez: I was excited to start a career in customer service for bird control because I knew it would be different compared to any other customer service I had ever done prior. I was also given the power to do what I thought was best for the customer.

Olmsted: I was in sales and looking for a job change. I saw a job ad for Bird-X and it looked like a good company and a potentially interesting field to enter.

How does the bird control industry differ or stand out from the other industries in which you’ve worked?

Coughlin: [The] pest control [industry] offers recession-proof job security. It also allows me to put the client and colleagues before myself in order to offer solutions that will make their lives safer, easier, and more profitable, while reducing their overall risk.

Olmsted: The greatest difference from other industries I’ve worked in as a sales associate would be a greater, more urgent demand for our products—especially by end users looking for solutions to bird [and] pest issues, and also the numerous markets [in which] our products can be sold—[it’s a] huge potential customer base.

Ramirez: The bird control industry stands out from all other industries because every customer is in a unique situation, and therefore, each situation is handled differently. So [each] day is different than the day before, which I enjoy.

What does your average day look like?

Coughlin: No such thing as an average day! [The sales team] must be ready to move quickly, accurately, listen carefully, and look for the lowest overall cost solutions for clients. The mechanics are simple—check voicemail and e-mail, follow up on orders in process, contact clients, [and] stay focused one day at a time.

Olmsted: My average day consists of answering customer inquiries and responding to requests for help with bird or other pest issues. Inquiries and requests come in via e-mail and phone. In addition, I spend a portion of the day pursuing new customers, including end-users and Bird-X resellers. Reports and documentation of activities and sales efforts are also part of the daily schedule.

Ramirez: My average day consists of answering phone calls, chatting with potential customer online, answering email inquiries from customers, taking orders for customers, and helping [clients] return products for replacements, repairs, or exchanges. I also work with our sales department quite a bit when it comes to communicating with Spanish speaking customers that need recommendations and quotes. Needless to say, there is a variety of things to do during the day, which makes [the time] fly by! My days are never boring!

How do you manage working with clients from so many different industries?

Coughlin: I have worked in a few industries. [I] draw knowledge from past, current, and future experiences, [and] become a student of the industry [in which] I work and the industries [to which] I sell. The key, for me, is listening with total immersion and asking great questions.

Olmsted: It is quite a juggling act! I need to stay on my toes and be ready to shift focus to accommodate each type of customer at any given moment.

Ramirez: [Bird-X] has clients from many different industries, and our stellar sales team does an amazing job of tailoring recommendations to their specific needs. It makes working at Bird-X all the more diverse and exciting!

What has been the most surprising part of your job so far?

Coughlin: How complex and simple the bird industry is.

Olmsted: The most surprising part of my job was learning the huge negative impact that birds and other wildlife have on our society.

Ramirez: The most surprising part of my job so far has been working with clients from all over the globe! Clients in Africa sometimes have problems with animals like Elephants and baboons, while clients that are domestic [in the U.S.] usually have bird problems. I was also surprised at the sense of humor some of our clients have. They make me laugh and it’s great!

How do you see the bird control industry changing in the future?

Coughlin: More international opportunities. If Bird-X continues to offer the value, honesty, and integrity [we have] in place, we will [continue] to capture large segments of the market.

Olmsted: I see technological developments, such as drones and other innovations, changing the industry by creating new, practical ways to humanely control birds.

Ramirez: I see the demand for bird control increasing in the future as more and more buildings are constructed and birds have less and less open forest area [in which] to inhabit. This sets the stage for the bird control industry to blossom and allows for Bird-X to continue growing.

Bird-X understands that people can be a company’s greatest asset. Do you have any questions about what it’s like to work in bird control? Let us know in the comments section!

 

*Direct quotations have been edited for clarity, length, and grammatical correctness.

Written by Ashley Estes for Bird-X, Inc.

The High Cost of Neglecting Bird Control

On February 25th 2016, The News Center in West Virginia reported that the AES Laurel Mountain LLC wind energy facility paid $30,000 in finesi for accidentally killing hundreds of migratory birds. An ABC13 story from February 3rd, 2016, detailed how a driving range spent valuable time calling animal control because they could not remove birds caught in the range’s netting. Stories like this are often under-reported, and they keep happening. But, how can you prevent birds from costing your business time and money?

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The wind energy facility wasn’t the first company to pay fines for bird-related instances. A Safety News Alert story from March 29th, 2011, stated that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited a construction companyii for safety violations related to several workers exhibiting symptoms of histoplasmosis, a lung infection caused by breathing in fungal spores from bird or bat droppings, as a result of inhaling dust created by sweeping and shoveling bird waste.

Diseases associated with bird droppings aren’t the only concern for businesses. Bird droppings are highly acidic and very corrosive. If buildings and equipment exposed to bird droppings are not regularly cleaned, they can become damaged and rusted. Birds’ nests also pose a threat as they are very flammable and have been known to cause ventilation problems if they are located in ducts or chimneys.

There is also the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Migratory Bird Treaty Act of the United States, which protects migratory birds, such as the Canada goose, from being killed or captured. Violations can result in fines, or even prosecution.

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Bird droppings are highly acidic and corrosive!

Halted Operations

Most recently, on March 4th, 2016, a CNN story said that bird droppings caused a three-day shutdown of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York. According to the news story, an official report by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission stated that it is more common that the build-up of bird excrement impedes operating efficiency, but this time “…caused an electrical arc between wires at a transmission tower.”

To avoid more issues with bird droppings, plant managers are looking to take for precautionary measures when it comes to deterring birds in the future.

This is just one example of how birds affect facility operations. Josh Pierce, Bird-X Sales Manager, explained that Bird-X helps customers across all industries, especially the energy business.

“Many electrical substations are combating high cost related to bird droppings or birds themselves getting caught in the lines. Any porous material, or even steel, is susceptible to corrosion from the highly acidic bird droppings,” said Pierce.

Electrical Substation

Electrical Substation

Humane Solutions

Bird-X offers businesses safe, cost-effective pest management techniques. Using traps and poisons to fight pest birds might be counteractive, since businesses are left with captured, injured, ill, or dead animals to clean up.

One of Bird-X’s most popular humane bird control solutions, the Super BirdXPeller® PRO, is an ideal option for businesses. This product uses state-of-the-art sonic technology to frighten pests away from an area. The unit emits predator calls and distress cries that are customizable depending on the species of birds in the area.

Bird-X has been developing humane, eco-friendly ways to manage bird control for businesses for over 50 years. With Bird-X products, like the Super BirdXPeller® PRO, businesses can deter birds in a humane way all while staying eco-friendly.

Bird-X recommends that businesses should be up-to-date on federal and state regulations regarding pest control, and be proactive with bird control solutions. This is the best way to avoid a situation where pest bird problems are costing millions.

Super BirdXPeller® PRO, bird control, product

Bird-X’s Super BirdXPeller® PRO

 

Footnotes:

i. United States of America v. AES Laurel Mountain, LLC; Case Number 2:15CR00023-001

ii. Secretary of Labor v. All Erection & Crane Rental Corp.; OSHRC Docket No. 09-1451

 

Written by Ashley Estes for Bird-X, Inc.

Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite

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What creature feeds on humans and lives in the dark? No, it’s not a vampire—it’s a bed bug! Bed bugs can lurk in even the smallest hiding places and can wreak havoc on you and your loved ones.

But, how do you know if you have bed bugs? One sign would be a sudden rash or lots of small bites appearing on your skin. Shedded skin remnants, fecal matter, or even small white eggs could also indicate an infestation problem. When bed bug evidence appears in your home, the main goal is to eradicate them as quickly as possible.

Though, according to Liherald.com, the high risk of reporting bed bugs has caused many unreported cases in Long Beach City, New York, where two apartments were recently sprayed at the Channel Park Homes. “…A teacher in the school district noticed bed bug bites on two children…but noted that the parent did not report the incident out of fear of being evicted,” the article states.

Long Island Housing Authority Executive Director Mike Cruz said, “The Housing Authority has invested about $50,000 to address safety issues during the past year throughout the four buildings [we] maintain across Long Beach, a portion of which is allocated for extermination.” These kinds of treatments, along with the inspection process and the time it takes to replace infected furnishings, all amount to the massive cost of bed bugs.

WAOW.com reports that bed bug infiltration has become a real problem in Marshfield, Wisconsin. “At least 5-10 cases of bed bugs have been reported…since mid-December,” the article says. Despite all the trouble, WAOW makes an important note that bed bugs are fairly harmless, as they do not host or transfer diseases. However, this does not eliminate the need to take preventative measures.

Bird-X understands the inconvenience of bed bugs. As a leading brand of humane pest and bird control solutions, Bird-X recognizes the need to identify bed bugs within its early stages. Products like our Bed Bug ALERT Monitor act as a detection device to lure bed bugs in and expose their presence.

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Food Facility Nightmares: When Birds Attack

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Food establishments know firsthand that food safety is paramount to good business. When pest birds think they are welcome to roost in your facility, food safety violations will keep piling up. Between contaminating products, defacing property, and causing overall chaos, pest birds can create quite a nightmare.

According to Food Safety News, colder weather encourages birds to search for indoor shelter areas. “I have seen some interesting things in regard to bird infestation,” the article’s author mentions. “Poop directly on produce, in processed foods and on product packaging, not to mention the bottom of my shoes from excessive manure accumulation.”

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Contamination is one of many problems birds pose to businesses. Birds and their fecal droppings are carriers of over 60 transmissible diseases and more than 50 kinds of ectoparasites, capable of spreading infection to other birds, animals, or even humans. That being said, it is essential to eliminate places for birds to roost by making outdoor areas as uninviting as possible.

In addition to keeping outdoor areas clean, attractive and bird-free, it is also crucial to block any possible entry ways that would permit access to the building. “…Receiving doors should be kept closed if there are no plastic air curtain strips…Fixing holes and other entry points are also part of a solid integrated pest management system,” the article advises.

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In case of an infestation birds should be humanely removed. Humane bird deterrents are especially effective in these situations, not only for scaring birds away, but conditioning them not to return. Food Safety News explains that when birds feel threatened, they alter their activity patterns. In this case, once a bird feels unwelcomed, they are forced to find other areas that haven’t been deemed unsafe.

Bird infestation is a serious threat to your business. Therefore, it is always paramount to establish an effective pest management program.

Bird-X is the leading brand of humane pest and bird control solutions worldwide, and is dedicated to providing businesses a feasible solution to eliminate bird pest problems, such as the risk to food safety. Established in 1964, the Chicago-based company manufactures a complete line of unique pest control products with an unmatched focus on quality, efficacy and customer service.

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African Grey Parrots and their Discovered Decline

Amongst parrots, the African Grey ranks pretty high in popularity. From its obvious-colored coat to its intellectual capacity, these beautiful birds generate large demand around the world. Throughout the lands of West and Central Africa (especially in Ghana), the African Greys had once appeared by hundreds. That can no longer be said today as the parrots have almost completely disappeared from Ghana alone.

 

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According to National Geographic, the declining number of African Greys can be attributed to two specific factors—the loss of forests and the ongoing pet trade. Beginning with the primer, the loss of forests has been a result of trees being physically cut down. As large trees provide the breeding ground for the African Greys, the removal of these trees ends up limiting that process.

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The article states, “In 1992 the United States banned the import of wild African Grey parrots. The EU followed in 2007.” Despite these efforts, captive-bred trading continues to affect the numbers of these particular birds. As a result of weak regulations and heavy trade of the African Grey, about 45 to 65 percent of these wild birds cease to live before they are able to reach export markets.

 

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The Convention on the international Trade of Endangered Species (CITES), have completed a proposal for the complete ban for trading all wild-caught parrots. While this solution would not end illegal trade altogether, it would definitely work to reduce the scale at which African Greys are disappearing.

 

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Written by Nicole Afable for Bird-X, Inc.

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Super Rat Plague – And it’s Not Fiction

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You may be wondering what makes a rat so ‘super.’ Well, it’s not an explanation any rodent loather would love.  Super rats are defined by their abnormal abilities to grow larger in size and be impervious to common pest poisons. In places like Britain, these rodents have evolved into 2 foot long creatures that seem to continuously grow in numbers—potentially outnumbering humans by the end of the year.

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According to Mirror Online, Britain may experience a huge plague with millions of super rats this summer. Since poisons have been the ‘go-to’ products for nonprofessional use, the rodents have not only been consuming the toxic substances, but slowly building immunity against them as well. Meanwhile, pets are in greater danger of dying from eating poison rodent bait than the target rats.

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Be aware of the safety of your pets

It doesn’t help that the same types of poisons have been used since the 1950’s. The same family of poisons is in use in the US, where increased resistance is also a growing problem.  Not only did this long history allow for this new type of rat to emerge, but the difficulty of controlling these pests has dramatically increased. However, that is not the only factor that makes things tougher. “Rats are also hard to kill with poisons because they scavenge – they will eat a small bit of something and wait, and if they don’t get sick, they continue,” explains the article.

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Rat Poison

In addition to problems of immunity, the warm winter has had its effects on the situation. Unseasonably warm temperatures and lack of snow allow for more natural food to be available, not only providing abundant food sources for the rats, but also enabling them to breed rapidly.  It is forecasted that the number of super rats may reach a whopping 200 million by summer—equaling three rats to every one human in Britain.

The continuous use of rat poisons to solve the problem of infestation has proven not only to be ineffective, but further complicate the situation.  Bird-X understands the benefits of using humane pest control to effectively remove unwanted animals from your property. For more information about alternatives such as natural scent barriers or electronic deterrents, check out our list of products.

 

Written by Nicole Afable for Bird-X, Inc.

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‘Hoot’ Knows Owls Best?

Piercing eyes, delicate feathers, and sharp talons are just some of the recognizable features of this popular raptor. As they perch in silence with their big round eyes, owl’s come off as these mysterious creatures of whom you always want to know more. Around 216 species of owls exist in the world today…But, how much do you know about them? Here are 5 spellbinding owl facts that work to support how interesting this raptor is.

The tiniest owl known to exist, takes the name of the Elf Owl. Only about 5 inches tall and 1½ ounces heavy, Elf Owls are known to live a lifespan of about 3-6 years. Found in the southwestern areas of the U.S. and Mexico, these tiny birds search for habitats that provide adequate supply of food towards their insect diets.

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Is having 3 eyelids even possible? For owls it is. Owls are equipped with 3 different eyelids that hold 3 different roles. While one eyelid is used for blinking, the second used for sleeping, the third eyelid works to maintain the eye’s cleanliness.

 

 

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Depending on the type of owl, their choice in meals can be quite intriguing. For example, a Barn Owl holds the ability to eat more than 1,000 mice each year. Some owls may even hunt their own kind for a bite. From insects to small mammals and other birds, an owl’s diet can vary by kind.

 

 

 

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In most owl species, females tend to be heavier in weight, larger in build, and more aggressive in nature when compared to males. You go girl!

 

 

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Owls are able to pivot their neck a whole 270 degrees. But how?! This raptor has a special blood pooling system that helps collect blood to help power their eyes and brain as these neck movements disrupt circulation.

 

 

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Owls and their unique abilities just add more to their stunning appearance. From triple eyelids to their crazy neck skills, this creature seems nothing less of interesting.

 

Written by Nicole Afable for Bird-X, Inc.

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Plan Initiated to Contain Bird Flu

In 2015, the greatest bird flu outbreak occurred within the United States—totaling about $3.3 billion in cost. As of today, a similar problem persists. A new type of bird flu is being evaluated by United States farm and health officials, which impose threats not only on poultry, but humans as well. As a result, the government is initiating emergency plans that were constructed during last year’s devastating bird flu plague.

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According to CNBC’s report, actions were taken after news of the virus reaching an Indiana turkey farm. Despite efforts, it will be tough for officials to contain the disease as the virus can be spread by feces dropping through the air. Regardless of the challenge, attempts are still being made. Officials continue to notify other states of possible spreading, while examining humans that could have been exposed by the disease.

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Due to the unfamiliarity with this new type of bird flu, extra caution is being taken to prevent the situation from scaling like last year. The 2015 outbreak itself, affected more than 48 million turkeys and chickens. However, poultry isn’t the only worrisome case as humans aren’t safe either. “Strains similar to the new virus, known as H7N8, have on rare occasions made people ill…” reads the article. Although it is uncommon for humans to contract the disease, it is not impossible either.

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As part of government’s bird flu plan, individuals who interacted with tainted turkeys were closely monitored. Also, plans of conducting lab tests on the new strain are in the works. “There is always uncertainty around any new strain of influenza because the virus acquires mutations passing from host to host,” the article mentions. In the case of Indiana, it is thought that the turkeys were first infected by a less threatening form of the virus, which was later mutated as it passed from host to host – creating this new strand.

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With the USDA quickly working to cull infected birds and test possibly infected flocks, one can notice the strengthened efforts being made against bird flu. Farmers and government alike have grown their strategies in the difficult process of bird flu containment, in the hopes of averting another massive epidemic.

 

Written by Nicole Afable for Bird-X, Inc.