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WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO….

WORKING FOR WILDLIFE IN AUBURN, NY

Wildlife Watch gave a presentation in Auburn, NY at the invitation of Rita Sarnicola. Rita organized a wonderful meeting to encourage the City to participate in a wildlife watching program that would turn Auburn, NY into the Crow Watching Capital of the country.


Photo by Steve Johnson

You may recall that a local bar sponsored a crow shooting contest which brought in buffoons from all over. It’s no way to encourage tourists who will could spend their many tourist dollars to spend it in the City of Auburn.

Biologists gave presentations about how Auburn historically has had one of the largest crow roosts in the country. Steve Johnson, who is also trying to prevent the City from allowing these contests, took the photo above. The City complained that crows roost in the downtown area.

Steve demonstrated that crows are attracted to trees that are in the light. He showed how much light there is in downtown Auburn and suggested putting caps on the lights along the streets and even reducing the number of lights. That would keep the crows from roosting there at night. Crows are attracted to light because they feel safer in places where they can see nighttime predators such as owls. That’s why they like downtown areas or open fields where the moon provides light.

For more information about crows in Auburn contact us and we’ll be happy to put you in touch with Rita Sarnicola.

 

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