On the Clock: Falconer Keeps Pests Away from Arlington Landfill
By Office of Communication
Posted on December 12, 2019, December 12, 2019

When seagulls migrate over Arlington, they often stop at the City landfill, looking for food. But the birds have been known to outstay their welcome, causing issues in Arlington neighborhoods. 

As City leaders looked for a solution, they found the answer right over their heads. 

In the latest episode of On the Clock, Arlington City Manager Trey Yelverton introduces us to the falconer policing the skies with his team. 

"Seagulls have a deep-seated fear of large falcons," said Fal-Tech Bird Control Owner Roger Crandall. "Anytime they see one, they just immediately flee the area."

Crandall works at the landfill during the late fall and early spring, when the seagulls are migrating. He says the falcons aren't actually hunting the gulls — in fact, they're just playing. But their presence alone is enough to keep the gulls moving, and out of City neighborhoods.

Falcon at Arlington landfill

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