Webinar on Feb. 24 on nuisance birds around schools

Maine schools that have issues with nuisance birds are invited to a free webinar overviewing the challenges that avian pests present and some tried-and-true ways to deter them from your school buildings and grounds.

The webinar will include a brief overview of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and how bird management should be a part of an overall IPM program. The health and related sanitation issues caused by birds will be presented followed by a discussion of issues with birds and buildings, focusing on bird exclusion tactics for school facilities. Specific problems with sparrows, starlings, pigeons, vultures, osprey and gulls will be discussed along with solutions to the difficulties caused by these opportunistic avian pests. Management tips for Canada geese will also be provided.

The webinar will feature: Mark Hardin, IPM Specialist, Howard Co. (Maryland) Public School System; Dan Lisenko, Grounds and Maintenance Manager, Manatee Co., (Florida) Public Schools; Lynn Braband, Community IPM Educator, Cornell University and Marcia Anderson, Ph.D., EPA’s Center of Expertise for School IPM.

This presentation on nuisance birds is part of a webinar series sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Center of Expertise for School IPM to help school districts adopt a proactive approach to pest control by offering information on Integrated Pest Management. The presentations are geared specifically to the school community – facility managers, buildings and grounds managers and staff, nurses, administrators and IPM coordinators.

The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 24 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. To register, click here.

Space is limited to the first 1,000 to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on joining the webinar. Audio will only be available through your computer.

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