Turkey Vulture Deterrent Project

 In GRAND OAKS MASTER, MOSS CREEK AT GRANDE OAKS, Proximity Drive

SPECIAL NOTICE TO GRAND OAKS PLANTATION RESIDENTS

Turkey Vulture Deterrent Project

The City of Charleston Parks Department, working with the South Carolina Department
of Natural Resources, United States Fish & Wildlife Services, and United States
Department of Agriculture (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service), has developed
a plan in attempting to deter both Turkey and Black Vultures from roosting at Bees
Landing Recreation Center.

Per suggestions from these three organizations, the department will utilize
pressurized air cannons which emit a sound wave blast and will occur in varied
locations where the birds typically roost. This method has been utilized in the past to
discourage birds and deer from damaging crops around the state and from birds
settling at many airports. The employment of this method is a safer and more
effective alternative than harvesting this protected species.

The City hopes that this method will make the birds uncomfortable enough to leave
the area minimizing damage to the recreation center property.

The air cannons will be in enclosed fencing for safety and security. However, an
important component of the method used is that the blasts will be randomly
administered so the birds do not become comfortable with it or sense a pattern that
they can avoid. Administering the technique in this manner is crucial to the success of
this non-lethal approach.

We appreciate your support of the project and your patience during this period. For
any questions or comments, please call our work order line at 843.724.3457.

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