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Use of Harmless Noise-Making Device to Deter Birds at Sparks Marina

For Immediate Release
March 12, 2018

Sparks, NV – Effective the week of March 12, 2018, the Park Rangers at the Sparks Marina Park will be increasing their use of a noise-making launcher designed to deter the bird population from the park site. The single shot device is discharged from the peninsula in both northerly and southerly directions over the water. While this is a harmless, effective method to disperse birds, the sound can startle park users and their dogs. Per Washoe County Administrative Code 55.100, dogs must remain on their leash when visiting the park except when in the fenced dog park on the Marina’s south shore. 

Due to the park residing within a five-mile radius of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, and a reported rise in the bird population in the Truckee Meadows, this increased effort will assist in the dispersal of bird populations that can pose a direct threat to air traffic.

Additionally, the public is asked to refrain from feeding the birds and other wildlife at the Sparks Marina Park as it can disrupt their migratory nature.  

To learn more about the Sparks Marina Park, visit www.cityofsparks.us.