To Defeat Geese, Canadians Try Laser Scarecrows

Behold my Oz-some power

Scarecrows are a pretty straightforward piece of technology. Make a fake person, stand them in the field, spook birds, keep them from eating crops. It’s a simple, timeless recipe, easy to do without any brains. What if, though, a farmer wanted to improve on a scarecrow? The answer, obviously, is lasers.

Definitely, 100 percent, lasers.

At least, that’s the answer from a team of researchers at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports:

The team is preparing to test their prototype on Saanich Peninsula. Hopefully the lasers can succeed where existing scarecrows have so far failed, in scaring geese away from crops.

Read more about the laser scarecrow here.

Kelsey D. Atherton
Kelsey D. Atherton

is a defense technology journalist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His work on drones, lethal AI, and nuclear weapons has appeared in Slate, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, and elsewhere.