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Bird Racks

Postby rammerjammer » August 14th, 2019, 3:41 pm

Anyone know if there are any plans to rebuild bird racks out of Econfina, just curious? :smt006
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Re: Bird Racks

Postby leonreno » August 14th, 2019, 3:53 pm

There are some that have been missing for awhile out of Keaton also. What exactly is the purpose of the bird racks? Is it for bird conservation? If so, which birds? And how does it help?
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Re: Bird Racks

Postby rammerjammer » August 14th, 2019, 4:20 pm

Not sure, I’ve always had good luck fishing around them.
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Re: Bird Racks

Postby SCALAWAG » August 14th, 2019, 5:33 pm

Way back in the day they were used to collect bird poop for fertilizer, all that is left is the wood frames
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Re: Bird Racks

Postby Blue spinner » August 14th, 2019, 6:58 pm

the bird racks were put back late last year out of econfina
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Re: Bird Racks

Postby mpa_72001 » August 14th, 2019, 7:55 pm

Still a few missing between ecky and fenholloway since the hurricanes
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Re: Bird Racks

Postby rammerjammer » August 14th, 2019, 8:32 pm

Spinner,
Tells you how long it’s been since I’ve been out.
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Re: Bird Racks

Postby MudDucker » August 15th, 2019, 7:10 am

Bird racks were originally put out there to collect bird droppings for fertilizer or at least that is what an old timer told me.
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Re: Bird Racks

Postby ropeman » August 16th, 2019, 12:45 pm

leonreno wrote:There are some that have been missing for awhile out of Keaton also. What exactly is the purpose of the bird racks? Is it for bird conservation? If so, which birds? And how does it help?

These in the article seem a lot longer than any I've seen around here.
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Re: Bird Racks

Postby ugadawg » August 16th, 2019, 4:16 pm

Bird poop hasn't been widely used for fertilizer since the Haber process for synthesizing ammonia was created and commercialized after WW1. It was my understanding that the racks were used for practicing locking onto targets for military planes.
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Re: Bird Racks

Postby doomtrpr_z71 » August 16th, 2019, 11:14 pm

While the haber Bosch process made it possible to synthesize nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium are still needed, the bird racks were a source of complete fertilizer in the guano. The NOAA chart says that all the shoals had them and some were used for gunnery practice, but they weren't built for that.

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