20 Mar '12, 4am

New York City Subway Uses Bird Sounds to Ward Off Pigeons

New York City Subway Uses Bird Sounds to Ward Off Pigeons

With a daily ridership in excess of 5 million commuters, the New York City Subway system ranks among the world's most trafficked -- though much to the chagrin of transit workers, there's another species making use of the facilities in a whole different way. For decades, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (M.T.A.) has tried their hands at new ways of discouraging the scores of trespassing pigeons from making roost in subway stations throughout Manhattan, but where lethal methods have failed, a more humane approach seems to be doing the trick. According to a report from the New York Times , the MTA has found a cleverly effective way of deterring pigeons from entering its stations -- simply by playing recorded sounds of predators and birds in distress. For a mere $375, transit authorities have managed to keep their Roosevelt Island subway station virtually free of pige...

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