At Baltimore's new baseball stadium, the Orioles won't je the only birds. The bats won't all be Louisville Sluggers. And the wildlife won't be restricted to the $4 seats.
Naturalists say the new ballpark is likely to shelter a variety of urban fauna. It may be a home where some big brown bats roam, where a few nighthawks, sparrows, ring-billed gulls, crows, ravens, rats and house mice forage for bugs and pretzels.
Maryland Stadium Authority officials are confident they can keep these critters under control.
Naturalist( say some of the wildlife the ballpark may attract, such as the insect-eating bats, will be beneficial.
But some fear one animal may become a major headache: the urban-dwelling pigeon, also known as the rock dove.
An estimated 250,000 pigeons roost, nest and mess in downtown Baltimore, and bird specialists say a fair number may decide to relocate from their current haunts, such as badly splattered City Hall, to the gleaming sports palace at Camden Yards.