Environmental Bird Control  
 

At Ronin Air Falconry Service (RAFS) we specialize in environmental bird pest control (bird abatement) for commercial, industrial, residential, agricultural, military, aeronautic, aerospace, and even nuclear power clients. RAFS pioneered the application of improving beach water quality in 2002. Our cutting edge programs incorporate a technique of "night hawking" bird pest roosts at locations such as the US Air force Plant 42 Stealth Bomber factory center for Northrop Gruman in Palmdale CA and Boeing's Space Shuttle Works near the same location. After ten years we have perfected this technique

Upon assessment and survey of a new project, RAFS Director Jeffrey Diaz creates a successful strategy to suit the needs of each individual client. RAFS incorporates falconry to trigger the DNA genetically coded predator-prey fear instinct inherent in all birds wild or domestic. In addition to trained hunting/hazing raptors, falcons, hawks, owls, eagles, etc., RAFS applies additional integrated pest management techniques including live cage traps, drop nets, mist nets, net guns, rocket nets, tranquilizer dart applications, audio distress sounds, plastic raptor decoys, robotic raptor replicants, strobes, lasers and lights for maximum effectiveness. Additionally some projects benefit from the use of a hazing canines such as border collies, whippets, or english pointers, and may be requested.

Since RAFS mobilization in early 2000 we have successfully completed projects repelling feral pigeons, grackles, european starlings, numerous gull species, english sparrows, common crows, double crested cormorants, canadian geese, and even feral parrots. RAFS is capable of abating any type of bird pest due to the fact that raptors in flight or in pursuit of any group of birds triggers the natural predator-prey fear instinct.

RAFS abatement past specialties were property damaging pigeons and seagulls (primarily western/pacific species) from beach areas to improve H2O quality if enterococcus or fecal bacteria is the pollutant. In April of 2002 RAFS proved that falconry techniques can and do benefit such sites that are contaminated with fecal bacteria (see link to "Santa Barbara News press" July 18th 02). In addition to improving water quality, clients such as beach resorts, restaurants, landfills, harbors, wharfs, golf courses and country clubs can benefit from the RAFS program. Crop Damaging European starlings have been successfully abated from blueberry and raspberry farms in the Pacific Northwest as well as many California wine vineyards saving farmers thousands of dollars in lost crop. A hard hit vineyard can lose up to half of their grapes due to feral bird pests. Like pigeons, starlings can be abated from night roosts using RAFS "night hawk" squadron. The RAFS program is so effective because it incorporated daytime hazing falcons, night hawking, and constant trapping techniques to eliminate any bird pest problem.

Presently, RAFS greatest demands are industrial sites, such as, petrochemical refineries, petroleum refineries and other complex locations. On these dynamic programs, 100% permanent blackbird abatement will be achieved after three consecutive years on average. On pigeon programs at the same sites, 95% - 99% abatement will be achieved. Each unique site will need to conduct certain maintenance procedures in order to continue this level of abatement. On three different sites, this permanent abatement was achieved after only two consecutive visits. These three sites thoroughly conducted their simple maintenance tasks, thus never compromising the integrity of the RAFS program. The above industrial programs average 15-21 days on the first year's visit. When site maintenance is properly conducted, each following year's visit will shorten in duration due to the pest bird flocks reduction. RAFS is presently bonded and insured for $6 million to work in refinery environments.

The Squadron our trained hunting raptors.

The Enemy the most common bird pests encountered.

 

Some of our references include:

  • Oakland International Airport/Expresso Parking Garage = Tom Bechard (415) 672-6945, (415) 229-1271
  • French Camp Vineyards = Hank Ashby (805)238-5811
  • B.P. Property Management = Virginia Satariano (408)736-4463
  • Dupont HMS = Tim Brooks (281)924-2044
  • Sunoco Corporation Refinery = John Cotton (215) 807-8407
  • Northrop Grumman = Russ Plummer (661) 272-8032
  • Santa Barbara Nurse and Hospice Care = Patricia Snyder (805)965-5555
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    Phone (650) 422-4565 Email roninairjeff@gmail.com