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Crows Keep Returning to Penn State, So Does Campaign to Get Rid of Them

by on January 02, 2015 6:00 AM

The noisemakers will continue long after New Year's Eve as part of a program that is definitively for the birds.

Specifically, Penn State will be trying once again to move a messy flock of crows off-campus.

This latest edition of the crow relocation program is slated to begin on Jan. 5. and crews will be bringing in the heavy artillery.

They'll be shooting off pyrotechnic bangers and screamers in an effort to convince the crows that a quieter lifestyle awaits elsewhere.

According to a news release from the university's Office of Physical Plant (OPP) about 3,000 migrating crows landed on campus last year. That's a lot of big birds and OPP says the "mass roosting" has caused unsanitary and "unpleasant" conditions.

It won't be the first time they've amped up the anti-crow audio attack. The fireworks show has been repeated periodically several times going back to at least 2010. Last January, Paul Ruskin, the former public affairs coordinator for OPP told, "Crows are very intelligent, but OPP is smarter. We intend to regain control of our campus and remove the sanitation blight that our customers have complained about."

Ruskin, who retired last spring, is now gone. The crows are still with us.

The burst of pyrotechnics will happen in the early evening hours, shortly after dusk and could last a few hours each night. Specific dates and locations will depend on where the crows are trying to bed down.

OPP promises, "All relocation activities will be safely conducted by highly trained and experienced physical plant employees."

Furthermore, OPP points out that no crows are harmed by the fireworks campaign.

OPP plans to continue its "crow harassment" efforts until the birds leave for the spring. Once they're gone and the weather warms up, workers will begin pressure washing the sidewalks to remove whatever the crows have left behind.

Anyone who's being bugged by the crow activity and resulting sanitation issues can report problems to Susan Bedsworth at [email protected] or by calling 814-863-9620.

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Steve Bauer was the Managing Editor of Steve and his wife Trina are longtime area residents. They reside in State College along with a wacky Golden Retriever named Izzy.
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