SubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:My ProfileImperial pilots in TIE Fighters aren’t the only flying pests that can be defeated by lasers a UVic project team hopes the geese terrorizing farmers‘ fields on Vancouver Island can be beaten the same way.Peter Rashleigh and five other fourth year mechanical engineering students have developed a system that automatically shines low power laser light on fields to scare off geese at night.Rashleigh, a farmer himself, calls it a „high tech scarecrow.““Geese are very effectively scared by lasers, especially green lasers, even at very low power levels,“ he told All Points West host Robyn Burns.“What we’ve done is created a device that automatically moves that laser beam across a specified target area in this case, your field at regular intervals all night long.“Unwelcome Canada geese prompt push to allow hunting on Victoria farmland’Trap and kill‘ starlings program approved in AbbotsfordGeese cull proposed in Central Saanich over destroyed cropsRashleigh says the device is very low power even less powerful than most hand held laser pointers used during presentations and it can shut itself off to make sure planes aren’t impacted.He says farmers just need to program the corners of their fields for the device, and then it does the rest.More testing neededRashleigh says for farmers on the Saanich Peninsula, where his own farm is, geese are a constant problem because they eat their favourite treat throughout the night green shoots of grain crops.“Especially crops like wheat and barley,“ he said. „They sit there all night and sort of chew away at it, and they can do significant damage to the crop.“Rashleigh says the device needs more extensive testing before it can go to market but says local farmers on the Saanich Peninsula who have heard about it are excited.“The next step is to basically set it up on a field and see if it works,“ he said. „Being a prototype, probably something will not work quite as we like, so then we’ll iterate on the design and make some improvements and go from there.“.
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