Birds of a Feather Won’t Flock to my House Together

Animal Science
Hadley Wendt

Alexandria Vaughn

What is your project about? My project tested what colors most deterred desert birds. I tested this by placing desert harvested seeds on six different colored papers and then documented with a wildlife camera, which colors the birds visited or ate from the most. After collecting the data, I was able to tell which colors were most and least effective at deterring the birds. Why did you choose this project? I chose this project because we recently moved to a house on 5 acres of desert land. Upon moving to our new home, we noticed that many birds would defecate on our window sills, and courtyard by our front door. Birds were also pecking and/or flying into the glass windows. What was your result/overall conclusion? After completing this project, I was able to determine that green and blue were the least effective at deterring the birds, since most of the birds that were documented on the wildlife camera ate from the bowls attached to the blue and green paper. The most deterring color was white and yellow. Why is your project important? My project is important because if people are struggling with birds defecating or flocking outside their homes or unwanted areas, they can use harmless items that are white or pale in color to help deter them. This would benefit both humans and birds, since no birds are harmed by using objects in these colors.

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