Americana: For the Birds

Every morning for seven years, two workmen have had to scrub the front steps of Oklahoma's state capitol, cleaning up after the hundreds of starlings and pigeons that roost on the ledges overhead. To end the problem, the state installed spikes, but the birds merely used them to anchor their nests more securely. Next the state spread a sticky goo that was supposed to give the birds hot feet. This did not work either. Then the state set out corn kernels that had been treated with a birth-control chemical. The birds still multiplied.


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