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New Converse All Star Ox White Mono advances in avian radar also provide traffic controllers with screen displays of waterfowl activity that allows pilots to avoid geese and other birds as they would another aircraft. Portland International and other airports also reach out to their communities (including schools) in helping to initiate measures that help make airports less attractive to wildlife. We're a tight knit community, and our geese and ducks are part of that.
at Birmingham Shuttlesworth, where an Auburn University report also identifies doves not geese as the "problem" bird. Aviation specialists say that repeated killing merely opens the habitat to other geese; that the best programs use habitat modification which reduce or remove the physical conditions that draw geese, gulls and other birds to airports. Remove the attractions short grass or easy access to water and the geese won't come.
birds pose a threat to air safety or that humans shouldn't come first. But the current industry trend leans toward long term strategies that decrease the risk of bird strikes while attempting to preserve and respect local avian populations. Two years ago, for example, Wildlife Services recommended shooting every red tailed hawk within 10,000 feet of runways at Portland International Airport. Instead, says the Portland Audubon Society's Bob Sallinger, the airport came up with a solution that solved the problem without harming the hawks.
The airport's groundbreaking research, he points out, discovered that the resident red tails not only knew to avoid aircraft, they kept other red tails (unfamiliar with planes) away. Airport wildlife personnel decided to leave its local nesting hawk population in place, he says, and hire a raptor biologist to relocate transient hawks discovered hanging out near the airfield. whose grounds attract hawks.
Wildlife Services may find itself under congressional scrutiny following a recent three part investigation in which The Sacramento Bee's Pulitzer Prize winning environmental reporter Tom Knudson found the agency's practices "to be indiscriminate, at odds with science, inhumane and sometimes illegal."
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I'd also like to know the rationale for killing birds several miles away from an airport. Portland International and Logan International in Boston, for example, say they kill only in extreme circumstances (a flock refusing to leave a runway). Any killing should be confined to an immediate airport property and even then, used only as a last resort. No one disputes that Converse All Star Shoes Clearance
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Geese roundups around airports are for profit
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McClatchy Tribune News Service published the results of that investigation, in which a copy of a report obtained through a Freedom of Information request indicate that taxpayers are subsidizing a $126.5 million program that exterminates more than 5 million wild animals annually, including thousands of community geese.
I ought to know. Last year, I reported on this agency's widespread and, profitable, I might add geese roundups coast to coast every summer when geese are molting and can't fly.
So is the federal agency that carries out the roundups under the guise of air safety.
The agency declined a FOIA request to say how much it gets from gassing geese, saying it does not keep such records. However, my research suggests that the Birmingham roundups have a lot more to do with profit than passenger safety at Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport. Such contracts also ought to be a matter of public record. However, at last count, there were almost 50 new geese, including a set of parents and six goslings at East Lake. New geese inevitably replace those killed, an incentive for unsuspecting communities to allow the feds to embark on killing sprees that sometimes last years.
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