Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Bird shooing research

Picture blatantly stolen from the St. Albert Gazette
Here's an article about a U of A project to study the best ways to stop birds landing on tailings ponds. This became a well known issue, of course, when a bunch of ducks landed and died on a Syncrude tailings pond in 2008.

The mines now apparently use big cannons to scare birds off when they come near the ponds. This project appears to be looking for ways to better autonomously detect the birds with radar, cameras and so on, presumably to avoid adding jobs like "bird watcher" to industry payrolls.

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