Tech sounds off noise cannon to shoo away birds

Reported by: Henry Ramos
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Updated: 3/17/2014 9:24 pm
It's time to bring out the big guns. Texas Tech is firing up the flocks on campus. The goal is to relocate the pesky birds who leave their unwanted business behind.

Sam Brito likes to take his studies outside on a nice peaceful day.

"Just out here reading," he said.

However, sometimes that peacefulness can turn to war.

"I've been attacked there a couple of times by some birds," he said.

The grad student said the grackles on campus are a nuisance.

"If you are getting to close to the tree they will attack,"he said. I had one kind of chase me to the Administration building."

There are hundreds of birds that roost in the trees. The birds not only cause big problems for students, but workers on campus."

Every morning, they have to clean-up after them.

Since the campus is empty for Spring Break, Tech is bringing out the big guns.

Every 11-seconds on the hour the noise cannon goes off.

Tech Spokesman Chris Cook said, "It is very loud."

The roaring scare tactic is to shoo away the birds.

"It is a humane process and the birds are not touched in anyway," Cook said. "It is just the nose itself that is discouraging them from roosting in these areas."

Tech will be sounding off the noise cannon starting at dusk until Wednesday. Cook said he troubled areas are walkways, around dorms, and the Student Union.
Cook said Tech has used this method before, and it was a success.
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