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World | By Lorena Waters

THOUGHTS ON ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM: December 2011

THOUGHTS ON ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM: December 2011

Buenos Aires, Plaza de Mayo. I also had a photo of a girl, next to the pigeons ...

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As I already told in this blog, I was doing surveys in the schools of the capital of Buenos Aires. And I remember one day, entering a classroom, I asked the teacher, apart from the constructive pathologies that I noticed with the naked eye, if there was any problem that I wanted to report. And I answered "the pigeons, see, how they approach the window, the boys are fond of, but they leave everything full of feces and of course bring psitacosis - ¨

This issue plus the finding of two scorpions in The classroom, were also part of my report on the constructive inconveniences of the building. Now, after so many years I see that this teacher's restlessness was well founded, it is enough to look at the cornices of the old buildings of Buenos Aires, many full of wires to avoid that these cute little animals are posed, of which it is not yet declared that In Southern California, the same problem could have arisen with the ravens, which are becoming more and more daily.

I read in the Los Angeles Times that the biggest cause is the garbage that feeds them. However, the waste is left in hard plastic containers with a lid, which can not even be bitten by rodents. In contrast, Buenos Aires still has garbage inside the consortium bags.

From Laura Rocha's note for La Nación:

Pigeons in Plaza de Mayo; Back to the right, the Cabildo. Picture of turismoyargentina.com

Pigeons are not a plague in the city of Buenos Aires. At least in the papers. And although they are not an invasive species, they have not yet been officially declared a threat, as with rats or cockroaches, bird specialists, officials and neighbors complain about an increase in the population of these birds. >

In the Capital, many buildings, balconies, air conditioners, monuments, park benches, parks and several churches are most affected by pigeons, both by their nests and their feces . In the Rivadavia park, for example, a monument to the liberator Simón Bolívar stands, which shows the vestiges of the passage of these birds.

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That monument could demarcate the dividing line between those who demand that their population be controlled and among those who encourage it. (...) Claudia Nardini, a researcher at the NGO Aves Argentinas, explained: "In the city of Buenos Aires there are five wild species: torcaza, torcacita, picazuró, spotted wing, yerutí and, of course, domestic pigeon. That both sparrows and pigeons came to our country from the hands of immigrants from Europe and Asia, where it was common for these species to be part of the diet.The famous "polenta con pajaritos" is not a story and as they did not know What they would find in these lands, it was logical to bring the necessary provisions, although some people also raised them as messenger pigeons. "

It is important to remember that national law 12.913 prohibits slaughter Of the messenger pigeons. And, in order to implement population control policies, it is necessary to go through the parliamentary process.

As indicated in the Buenos Aires government, the places of the Congress and the Plaza de Mayo are two of the most affected by the proliferation of pigeons. Even in the latter, they are already part of the tourist postcard.

Pedro Acevedo is sweeper in the area for six years. "You can see that there are more pigeons. People often feed them at the edge of the sidewalk and the birds die crushed by cars," he said. Acevedo also noted that for some time now there have been more birds of prey: "In Sarmiento and Maipú, two or three hawks are seen flying over to look for their food."

Recoleta And Belgrano are other neighborhoods affected by pigeons. The walls of the cemetery, the terraces, the lungs of apple and the columns are the right place for the nests. In the parish of the Immaculate Conception, also known as The Round, in Oath and Vuelta de Obligado, for example, a group of parrots and pigeons are disputing the capitals of the columns to build their nest. The parrots have managed to keep the main column of the building, while the pigeons inhabit those that surround it.

Eloísa Avellaneda, who lives in Uruguay, between Juncal and Arenales, is Tired of fighting these birds. "I'm locked in my own house: I can not open the windows because they invade me and come into my house," he said.

Many consortiums and neighbors turn to pest exterminators, which have several solutions available. However, they do not eliminate them, they just drive them away.

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