Cameron, could you please explain what you mean by "mechatronic systems, sensor
nodes and more complex deterrent networks"?
> -----Original Message-----
> On Behalf Of
> Cameron McNab
> Sent: Tuesday, 26 March 2013 12:55 PM
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Thoughts on Alternatives to Farming Deterrents
> To Birders of Australia,
> I'm an engineering undergraduate trying to develop a 'best
> solution' for the ongoing bird problem faced by many farmers
> and wine makers. I understand many of you may have strong
> opinions on the pro's and cons of this topic; however I'm
> hoping you might be a good source of options and ideas.
> Problem: Each year bird netting is put up in orchards and
> vineyards to prevent birds damaging crops. Birds caught in or
> under netting can be stressful if not fatal. Bird habituation
> (adapting to) is the main reason non-physical deterrents
> fail, yet farmers loose crop without some form of bird deterrent.
> Currently I'm looking for 'a better way' of adapting
> none-net based deterrents to work effectively without
> injuring or trapping birds.
> I have investigated a number of current commercial products
> and ideas, the technologies they use and their claims of
> success, however realistically there is a reason farmers
> stick by nets (because nothing else is effective long term).
> Currently we are looking into the use of mechatronic systems,
> sensor nodes and more complex deterrent networks - however
> the basic habituation problems still remains.
> I'd be interested in hearing any thoughts people may have
> about potential ways of deterring birds from an area. I'm
> currently investigating options such as disturbance through
> sound, so am looking into information on birds and their
> hearing thresholds, however I am interested in any
> information/opinions/ideas that people wants to provide on
> 'natural' deterrents (besides predatory birds/falconry) or
> tackling habituation would also be great.
> Thanks in advance (people can reply off forum in they prefer,
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