URI researcher trying to make ‘laser scarecrow’ commercial success

UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND Professor Rebecca Brown inspects one of her laser scarecrows as it's being tested in a cornfield at the URI Agronomy Farm. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND/NORA LEWIS
SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A University of Rhode Island researcher has created what she calls a “laser scarecrow” that avoids problems caused by other methods used by farmers to scare birds from cornfields at harvest time. The high-tech scarecrow is a green laser light – which is the most effective color because birds are especially sensitive…

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