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Vulture Notice to the Community

Discussion in 'Broadlands Community Issues' started by The Broadlands Community, Feb 24, 2021.

  1. The Broadlands Community

    The Broadlands Community Well-Known Member

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    Broadlands Association and LCPS have contracted with the USDA to address the vulture population in the Broadlands area. To deter the vultures, the USDA will perform dispersal tactics beginning Monday, March 1st, which may continue through Sunday, March 7th, if necessary. It is important to read the following notice about this remediation process and understand that some tactics used may set off unexpected noises: VULTURE NOTICE>>

    Vulture Remediation Initiative: Broadlands Association is aware of the advantages vultures provide and has published information for residents about their positive impact on the local ecosystem. After numerous complaints from residents and local businesses - and in cooperation with LCPS - Broadlands Association consulted with USDA-APHIS. After consideration of the number of birds and the amount of time present, they recommend remediation to protect the health and safety of our residents. The goal of the wildlife specialists at APHIS is to non-lethally deter the birds from roosting in residential areas where they can cause property damage and health concerns, but also to drive them to uninhabited woodlands or open farmland where they can safely roost away from potential hazards in residential areas.
     
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  2. KTdid

    KTdid Well-Known Member

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    Just an FYI. The vultures communing on Harvest Green Terrace leave at dusk and fly in the direction of Southern Walk. They return at dawn.
     
  3. LightningBuggs

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    Certainly good news for all of those affected homeowners. One question. Are there any details on how these measures being taken beginning March 1 ensure that the vultures do not simply relocate to a neighboring community and become "someone else's problem", as the saying goes?
     
  4. KTdid

    KTdid Well-Known Member

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    We should find out where they roost at night. I hope they know we'll need the pyrotechnics at dawn because they fly in in droves at daybreak.
     
  5. Zeratul

    Zeratul Well-Known Member

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    KTdid Well-Known Member

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    They started an hour ago with pyrotechnics (whistling type) and hanged a vulture effigy. Some vultures are circling in the sky above the tree where it's hanging.
     
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    Capricorn1964 Well-Known Member

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    KTdid- when they circle in the sky...is that good or bad? I hope that this will be a successful one where they will move out west to an area that is unpopulated.
     
  8. KTdid

    KTdid Well-Known Member

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    It's what they do. There are 4-5 soaring, the majority had already left. They leave our area at night and return in the morning. USDA-APHIS needs to be here at daybreak.

    Tues 6:38am no vultures seen (except the effigy of the vulture.)
     
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  9. The Broadlands Community

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    Vulture deterrents commenced on March 1st. The USDA is tracking the birds, but the number of birds and the size of Broadlands means they could relocate to a new hiding spot that the trackers do not see. If you notice vultures roosting in Broadlands, please email Sarah@Broadlandshoa.com or call 703-520-9905 with their location.
     
  10. Bam123

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    Any updates or a final report on the vulture remediation? Also curious when the effigies will be removed now that they are no longer roosting in the area?
     
  11. vacliff

    vacliff "You shouldn't say that."

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    The effigies will remain until they decompose enough and fall out. They remain as a deterrent to vultures coming back.
    For those that live near where the vultures were roosting, remain vigilant. If you see them coming back, do your best to pester them, make loud noises and scare them off. Otherwise, it is only a matter of time before they come back.
     
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  13. The Broadlands Community

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    UPDATE 3.12.21: Residents Help Needed to Deter Vulture Roosting...Broadlands recently contracted with the USDA to disperse a community of hundreds of vultures who had been roosting on trees and rooftops. Their efforts included pyrotechnics and effigies and were immediately effective in sending hundreds of vultures out of Broadlands. However, for the vulture roost dispersal to be effective long term, the vultures will need to be continually harassed if they try to roost in the area again. While it is not uncommon or problematic to see a few vultures circling in the sky or sitting in trees scouting out food during the day, it is the overnight roosting that is destructive and needs to be deterred. If you see vultures landing in trees or on homes in the evening as dusk approaches, we encourage you to assist in the disbursement efforts: Techniques to Deter Vulture Roosting
     

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