Wednesday, August 18, 2010

2010 NPMA Wildlife Conference - Registration Is Live!

NPMA is excited to present the 2010 Nuisance Bird & Wildlife Management Conference and Marketplace being held November 17-19 at the Westin Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Register Here - Register by October 25 and Save with the Early Bird Rate!

Why Attend?

The Conference focuses on an educational program designed to provide both technical and business-related information to pest professionals who are involved in the fastest growing sector of pest control - wildlife management.


In addition to networking opportunities and the chance to check out the newest technology and services, you will:

  • Share successes and failures with fellow wildlife management professionals 
  • Hear from leading industry experts in the field of wildlife and nuisance bird management
  • Learn how to incorporate wildlife management into your business model to build your annual revenue
  • Identify emerging trends and learn how to position your business effectively in response
  • Earn recertification credits while learning how to grow your business.

The Marketplace

A centerpiece of the meeting is the Marketplace - the largest exhibit hall dedicated to wildlife and nuisance bird management.  During the program there are seven events held in the Marketplace that allow you ample time to meet with vendors and test out new products in an intimate setting.


What You Will Find at the Marketplace

  • Animal Traps
  • Baits & Lures
  • Bait Making Supplies
  • Chimney Caps/Leaf Guards
  • Nets, Poles and Tongs
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Repellents
  • Exclusion Products
  • And Much More!

Interested in exhibiting or becoming a sponsor? Click here or send an e-mail


Westin Indianapolis

The 2010 Nuisance Bird & Wildlife Management Symposium is being held at Westin Indianapolis November 17-19. For hotel reservations, call (317) 262-8100 by October 25, 2010 and mention "NPMA" to receive the group rate of $139 per night. After October 25, rooms and rate are subject to availability.


Thank you to your co-sponsors the National Wildlife Control Operators Association and Wildlife Control Technologies Magazine.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Contraception for Canada Geese Remains Under Utilized



Innolytics, LLC, the developer of OvoControl®, the contraceptive bait for resident Canada geese, pigeons and other birds, commented today on the underutilization of the technology by state and federal wildlife management agencies.


"While our new product for pigeons, OvoControl P, has experienced rapid growth and acceptance by municipalities and businesses, OvoControl G has not seen the same widespread use as a tool for goose population management.  State and federal agencies responsible for wildlife management have been very reluctant to test the new management tool", stated Erick Wolf, CEO of Innolytics.  "The federal government financed a large part of the research, so it is unfortunate that certain government agencies have been less than supportive of this non-lethal and humane alternative for goose control", added Wolf. 


Canada geese, even the resident variety, are considered a huntable species and many of the government programs encourage hunting the birds.  Unfortunately, resident birds are most often located in urban areas where hunting is not an option.  When not hunted, overpopulated geese are often trapped and euthanized by USDA Wildlife Services. 


Although untrained individuals may oil and addle eggs, contraception for geese is still limited to "licensed operators".  Since most personnel from state and federal wildlife management agencies hold the necessary license, this restriction should not hinder use by these agencies.  However, the need for special permits, and the extra fees involved have spurred the impression that the technology is too difficult and expensive to use.  On the contrary, the cost of an OvoControl G program, while requiring a few extra steps, is competitive with the costs of trapping and euthanizing the birds and is, of course, far more humane and socially acceptable. 


"Furthermore, in an attempt to keep contraceptive technology from the market, several states including New Jersey, South Carolina, Georgia, Illinois and Missouri have recently added legislation virtually banning the use of contraceptives in wildlife", added Wolf.  "It's a shame, but for whatever reason, birth control does not appear to figure into our governments' plan.  The reluctance to use contraceptive tools is apparently not only limited to geese.  Our understanding is that the new contraceptive for deer, GonaConTM, has also been avoided by the very same government agencies."