Efforts to decrease egret population in Lake Elmendorf Park to begin Dec. 2

Efforts to decrease the population of cattle egret population in Lake Elmendorf Park are scheduled to begin Dec. 2. The City of San Antonio and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will begin by modifying the habitat of the birds including trimming trees and clearing brush. Workers will be dressed in protective suits during the cleanup, but the work will not be hazardous to those in the area. During the cleanup process, workers will be using drones and flashing lights to discourage the birds from roosting in the area. After finals are over on Dec. 11, workers will begin using loud noises from pyrotechnics and sirens. The noise-making activities will take place each day for about two hours before sunset.

The efforts to thin the egret population are a result of concerns regarding the threat of bird strikes in the heavily populated areas between Elmendorf Lake and Kelly Field.