Nampa City officials are looking for volunteers to help ward off what has become a local sign of fall: The arrival of roughly 10,000 crows.
Nampa City expects the annual migration of crows to start in the next week or two. The birds congregate around businesses downtown, creating a public health hazard with their droppings and sometimes breaking tree branches because of their combined weight.
The City is looking for volunteers to help track when and where the crows show up to roost and to use noisemakers and hand-held laser devices to scare the crows away.
The federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act protects the animals, so the city takes only non-lethal approaches to crow control.