Egrets on San Antonio’s Bird Island to face shock and awe

Egrets on San Antonio’s Bird Island to face shock and awe

Dec 2, 2019 News by Gary Searing
Work crews soon will begin trimming trees and clearing underbrush at Bird Island, a haven for about 1,000 cattle egrets at Elmendorf Lake, to help prevent a potentially catastrophic bird strike involving military aircraft. Under a timeline announced by the city and the San Antonio River Authority, the crews will begin cutting and trimming Monday. But that is just a prelude to more intense efforts to chase egrets from the park on the West Side. After the tree trimming and brush clearance, officials will deploy drones, lasers and inflatable scarecrows as part of an “urban wildlife mitigation plan.” That stage could get underway as early as Friday.