Crowbox for Collecting Discarded Needles

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Jessica Mae Dieter

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Oct 17, 2022, 4:08:26 PM10/17/22
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Anyone know how hard it would be to adapt the Crowbox design to receive needles instead of coins? I live in Minnesota and Minneapolis has a huge problem with discarded needles everywhere because of the drug epidemic. Some friend of mine and I are looking into how hard it would be to design a CrowBox where the crows collect needles and put them in the box instead of coins. It would be a huge help to the safety of people and especially children.

Jessica

Zachary Weindel

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Oct 17, 2022, 4:19:12 PM10/17/22
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What about the welfare of the birds?
Do you think it is responsible to reinforce birds to transport sharps or hazardous materials? 

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Anyone know how hard it would be to adapt the Crowbox design to receive needles instead of coins? I live in Minnesota and Minneapolis has a huge problem with discarded needles everywhere because of the drug epidemic. Some friend of mine and I are looking into how hard it would be to design a CrowBox where the crows collect needles and put them in the box instead of coins. It would be a huge help to the safety of people and especially children.

Jessica

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Jessica Mae Dieter

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Oct 17, 2022, 4:44:57 PM10/17/22
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I did think about that but I am not sure if it would be dangerous for them. They might pick them up with no problem or danger to themselves. 

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Adam

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Oct 17, 2022, 4:57:31 PM10/17/22
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Falling needles, doesn't sound fun.

Michael Kapp

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Oct 17, 2022, 4:57:42 PM10/17/22
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Don't forget about the risk to ALL the other animals that walk/crawl on the ground. Seems like it is overall safer to have birds collect it. Especially since crows are intelligent. We have videos of them showing they understand physics (Water displacement). I'm sure they're smart enough to not stab themselves.  

It might be easier to tweak a different design such as this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oclPZx520k

If you are going to put out money for crow food you might be able to get people do it for the same price. 

Good Luck!
MK

Zachary Weindel

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Oct 18, 2022, 1:16:42 PM10/18/22
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Yes, 

You might be able to get people to do it for the same price, maybe with an animal to help sniff them out?

Crows not only retrieve but also stash. If Crows decide the sharps are a currency or as good as food they might stash them in places or fight over them and drop them while fighting over them in flight, or stab themselves with them trying to protect from another crow. I have worked with Ravens and crows one of the ravens I trained did get a hold of a sewing needle once... she presented it to me, it was in her gullet, it did not stab her... but it was sketchy.

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