A maintenance worker from Western Stevedoring at Ogden Point puts the finishing touches on a manufactured tree atop the warehouse at Pier A. The false tree is designed to attract eagles in the hope they will scare away seagulls. Contributed photo

New approach to Ogden Point seagull saga aims to deter birds

Fabricated tree with authentic branches designed to attract eagles

In an effort to keep seagulls at bay, staff at Ogden Point have fashioned a “tree” and installed it on the roof of the warehouse at Pier A, hoping to attract eagles instead.

With a metal frame supporting real branches, the tree stands atop the building, maintained by Western Stevedoring.

General manger John Briant said the solution is two-fold; the hope is that if the area can become an eagle gathering ground, the seagulls will find a new spot to congregate and leave their droppings and the eagles will nest there, rather than atop the masts on which they tend to frequent.

“We have eagles here and they come and nest on top of the high tailor masts, which is not a great place for them to be sitting,” he said. “It’s slippery and there’s high voltage up there.”

The idea – suggested by local biologist Jacques Sirois of Nature Hood Canada – was the result of discussions about how to tackle the problem. In addition to the tree, Western Stevedoring uses “sky dancers,” the inflatable tube-shaped figures that dance in the wind.

“The problem with seagulls is they become very accustomed to movement,” Briant says. “So anything you put in their path, they will soon figure out does not pose a threat.”

The spontaneity of the dancers has been the best solution, he adds.

As for the eagles, they’re known to frequent Ogden Point in the summer, so Briant hopes the amount of seagull excrement will drop before the tourists arrive.

kristyn.anthony@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Victoria teen killed on field trip near Sooke

Second youth also injured in falling tree incident at Camp Barnard

Oak Bay double murder trial: Blood splatter analyst says no shoe prints found in unit

RCMP analyst testifies to smears, fingermarks, ‘swipe and wipe’ patterns around apartment

Scorpion gives birth at Victoria Bug Zoo after hitching ride in woman’s luggage

A Vancouver woman inadvertently brought the animal home from a trip to Cuba

Victoria police hand out Civic Service Awards

June 24 awards include recognition for help on days-long fire, cannabis robbery, volunteer service

Man accused of Brentwood Bay murder appears in court

Alan Chapman tells judge he wants next court appearance to be “as far away as possible”

VIDEO: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ to be re-released with new footage

‘Avatar’ holds global box office record at $2.788 billion, while ‘Endgame’ stands at $2.743 billion…

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of June 18

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you support the government’s decision to approve the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion?

The federal government announced Tuesday its approval for the Trans Mountain pipeline… Continue reading

Elias Pettersson wins Calder Trophy as NHL’s top rookie

Vancouver forward first Canuck to win award since Pavel Bure in 1992

FVRD chair calls B.C. incineration plan for Philippines waste ‘disturbing’

Metro Vancouver ‘uniquely capable’ of safely disposing of waste coming back to Canada, say officials

VIDEO: Acknowledging skeptics, finance minister vows to build Trans Mountain project

Bill Morneau said he recognizes ‘huge amount of anxiety’ in Calgary over future of oil and gas sector

Shovels could be in the ground on Trans Mountain by September, CEO says

Ian Anderson points to weeks likely required for NEB to reinstate 2016 regulatory record

RCMP allows officers to grow beards

Members can now wear beards and goatees, as long as they’re neatly groomed

Girl, 10, poisoned by carbon monoxide at B.C. campsite could soon return home

Lucille Beaurain died and daughter Micaela Walton, 10, was rushed to B.C. Children’s Hospital on May 18

Most Read