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From page I 7,000 seagulls were flocking to the resort. He said the resort hired On The Wing Falconry to drive them off and a year later, you would have a hard time finding one seagull there. Hoefs wasn't sure where he got the idea to hire a falconer to drive off the city's winged pests. "I'd heard about it for awhile," he said. He said sometimes you see fake owls on some of the boats, but the birds eventually figure out that they are fake. "I think it's going to make a big impact on the harbor," Hoefs said. Hoefs said readings have shown a direct correlation between seagfill droppings and water qual- ity in Avalon Bay Harbor. City Attorney Scott Campbell addressed the same issue in his October staff report to the council on the falconry program. "Specifically, common pigeons and western gulls ("nuisance birds") aggressively forage for food in and around the city, and their wastes have negatively af- fected the sanitary conditions of the city---specifically including the beaches," wrote Campbell in his report to the council. "The continued concentration of nuisance birds will result in an on-going adverse environmental impact and will limit the recre- ational uses available to the city's residents at parks and beaches," Campbell wrote. In mid-October, theCity Coun- ci'l authorized City Manager Steve Hoefs to execute the contract to have On the Wing Falconry Ser- vice use raptor birds--to deal with the city's peskier birds Campbell's staff report said no birds would be killed. Last mohth, the city of Avalon hired On the Wing Falconry Service to use so-called raptor birds, hawks and fal. cons, to scare off the pigeons and seagulls that forage for food and leave their waste all over the city. "The raptors are specifically trained such that they will not make physical contact, kill or oth- erwise harm the nuisance birds," Campbell wrote. Hoefs described falconry as a natural way to get rid of the bad birds without harming any of them. Unfortunately, some of the Is- land's native ravens have decided not to play by the same rules as the falcons: They recently killed a baby fa!- con from On the Wing. Hoers said the falconer was training a baby falcon when a group of ravens ganged up on the young predator bird and killed him. He said there was no way a sin- gle raven could kill a falcon. Falconry is heavily regulated. Both state and federal licenses are required. According to the Cali- fornia Hawking Club, an 80 per- cent grade is considered passing. According to the club's website, of the 300 people who have enrolled in falconry training through the club since 1984, less than 40 have completed the training. The website asks several ques- tions of would-be falconers, in- cluding: . "Will you commit part of your waking hours to a creature who at the very best of times will merely tolerate your presence, is as affec- tionate as a stone, and at the worst of times will cause you heartache and puncture wounds? "Could you commit to an aver- age of a half-hour a day, every day, and two to four hours on a hunting day, regardless of school, family, or job forever?" There are comparatively few falconers around these days, con- sidering that falconry is one of the world's oldest sports. "There are about 700 falconers in California (of 7,000 nationwide) and we are the only falconry sup- port group that exists for Califor- nia," according to the website.. On Oct. 20, the Friends. of the Avalon Library, assisted by the Avalon Lions Club and Rotary In- teract, held a book sale as a fund- raiser for .our local Avalon library branch. All of the unsold books from that event were collected by the local Avalon Rotary Club and shipped to a selected developing. country as part of "Books for the World," a project of Rotary Inter- national. The local Rotary Club of Ava- lon and its youth component, In- teract, collected the unsold books after the Library fundraiser. Twen- ty six boxes, making up one pallet of Avalon's books, were shipped to the mainland and will eventu- ally be added to other books from Avalon's falconer with his favorite bird who avoided Leonhardi. the run in with ravens. Photo by Jennifer other Rotary locales and shipped most 200,000 young people in over to Romania. In Romania they will 10,700 clubs in 109 countries and be distributed to local libraries, geographical areas. Interact Club's schools, and vocational centers of perform at least two community 30 villages, service projects, one of which fur- The "Books for the World" thers international understanding project ships and distributes text- and goodwill. books, reference b oks, and library Avalon Rotary is just one of books that have been discarded by' over 32,000 Rotary Clubs around " schools, libraries and individuals, the world in over 200 countries. "Books for the World" ships over All are dedicated to the creed of 1 million pounds of educational "service above self." material per year and has shipped Avalon Rotary Club offers its over 5.5 million pounds of bobks membership a variety of local is- in its 10 year history, land community service opportu- The Avalon Rotary Club spon- nities including feeding the hungry sors the Avalon Interact Club which in Ensenada, Mexico. is one of the most significant and Avalon Rotary meets weekly on fastest-growing programs of Ro- Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. at the M tary service. Interact involves al- Restaurant, catering by Zest. 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