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Ecology Fair University of Minnesota Monarch Lab

Abstracts from Capitol Hill School 2013

Capitol Hill School
560 Concordia Ave
St. Paul, MN 55103

Year: 2013
Teacher(s): Audrey Favorito

Pigeons and A Plastic Owl

Dominc F, Antonio F, Matteo M

Pigeons are known to be a polarizing topic. People either love or hate them.

In efforts to deter pigeons, some people place plastic owls in prominent places. We wondered, “Do fake owls really scare pigeons away?” We went to Rice Park with bags of popcorn, a fake plastic owl and video cameras, determined to test our hypothesis with a comparative investigation. Once concluded, our research indicated the owl does affect pigeon’s pursuit of food, but didn’t totally deter them.  

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