Crow Migration

A crow perches on a branch of a tree in Nampa on a night in December 2018.

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NAMPA — Nampa Chief of Staff Bobby Sanchez estimates there are about 60 days left of the city's crow season, when several thousand crows gather to roost in highly populated areas of the city at night. The city's first multiphased crow mitigation plan is showing some success, he said.

Tactics such as using infrared lasers, drones and decoys were successful when tested, he said. Other efforts were not as promising, such as using deterrent sprays in trees where crows like to roost, according to Parks and Recreation Director Darrin Johnson. 

"The larger question is where can we displace them to in the long run," Sanchez said.

Sanchez said when crow season is over, he will come forward with a final report, reviewing what strategies need improving, what needs to continue and what needs to be expanded going into 2020. He said he hopes to expand the city's use of interns on the crow management committee. This year, Nampa had interns from Boise State University get involved with the committee, but in the future Sanchez said he is hoping to involve students from other institutions. 

Erin Bamer is the city of Nampa reporter. Contact her at 208-465-8193, or ebamer@idahopress.com. Follow on Twitter @ErinBamer. 

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