Victoria port authority hopes fake tree will help with gull poop problem

The Victoria Harbor Authority is hoping a newly installed fake nest will attract a pair of bald eagles to help get rid of dozens of gulls that are defecating on the roof of its Odgen Point warehouse.

When 150 gulls frequent a place, they can not help but leave smelly traces.

These noisy and gregarious web-birds have invaded the roof of the Victoria Port Authority’s warehouse and have built 25 to 30 nests, according to observations by Jacques Sirois, president of the Victoria Harbor Birds Society.

“As you can imagine, the poo of the birds damages the roof and creates a pretty smelly and dirty situation in Ogden Point, where the cruise terminal is located,” he says.

As a last resort, the port authority sought help from the bird expert to get rid of the gulls. Mr. Sirois suggested that they install a perch near the building to encourage bald eagles to nest in the area.

Gulls often fall prey to eagles in the Victoria area, he says. He hopes that the presence of predators will be a deterrent to gulls wishing to settle in the area.

Following Sirois’ recommendations, Western Stevedoring, the company managing the building, built a tree that was placed on the roof of the warehouse.

“I must admit it sounds weird,” says Sirois, “but it’s an experience. ”

According to him, the nesting season is already too advanced for the false tree to attract eagles this year. But with the increase of the eagle population in the area and the lack of trees, the structure will be in high demand thereafter.

Jessica Blair

Jessica Blair is the lead editor of Weird News Ledger. Before joining Weird News Ledger, Jessica worked as a national political reporter for Postmedia News. She has covered many political events on and off since 2006, writing for Sun Media, and producing for CTV and for CBC.

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