One killdeer probably doesn't pose much of a threat to an airplane. But in the fall, those birds come through in large flocks. potential of a multi bird strike is what you're always concerned about with these small birds, Antonides said.

The Aberdeen airport totals 1,240 acres. Antonides counts 13 wetlands at the airport, totaling 44 acres.

Airports keep careful track of the birds that enter their air space and the critters that enter on foot. Wilson and maintenance foreman Bob King have a list of all the birds, including the species of each, that strike aircraft at the Aberdeen airport. They also take note of all that we find lying dead within 200 feet of the runway center line, Wilson said. It is assumed that those birds struck an aircraft.

nothing we can do about a bird that's just sitting there, not eating or anything. Bill Antonides of Aberdeen said killdeer are ubiquitous in the world of air travel. airport environment just seems to be wonderful for killdeer, said Antonides, who is a qualified airport wildlife biologist, as certified by Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Even small birds are a big problem at airports.

we're hitting ducks, then we darn sure better be doing something about that, Antonides said.

It took just one small stone to fell Goliath, he noted.

All sorts of feathered and furry creatures are a threat to aircraft both commercial and private. Part of an airport manager's job is to take care of wildlife effectively, said Mike Wilson, who handles that job in Aberdeen. The Men Canada Goose Snow Mantra Parka Cream Australia Shop main issue is the danger to human life.

At airports which have a lot of wetlands in the area, such as Aberdeen's, there are a lot of nesting waterfowl and nesting pheasants in the summertime. recommend that they cut that grass back down shorter to get rid of those nesting birds, said.

A group meets at the airport once a year to discuss wildlife hazards.

The Aberdeen airport takes lots of steps to control wildlife.

By keeping track of that information, an airport knows what type of wildlife it has issues with. Steps can then be taken.

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Antonides prepared the wildlife hazard assessment and the wildlife hazard management plan for the Aberdeen airport.

The birds are small and dense. sometimes called feather bullets. Nearly 100 people have been killed in crashes caused by starlings. One type of duck causes a lot of problems for pilots. reasons I can't explain, a pintail seems to be more hazardous than several other species of waterfowl, Antonides said.

Last year, Wilson saw a herd of 25 to 30 deer just outside airport property. that fence been lower or not there, they would have definitely been on the field, Wilson said.

The airport also voluntarily takes part in a program operated by the Smithsonian Institution's Feather Identification Lab. When Aberdeen airport officials can't determine the species of a bird, they send the bird to the program, which maintains a database for the Federal Aviation Administration. Even a blood smudge on an aircraft is enough to tell what type of bird it is.

There are many ways to modify wildlife patterns, he said.

Deer have not been a problem since the final section of the airport's chain link fence was completed six or seven years ago. The entire airport is now surrounded by fencing that is either six or eight feet high, with a two foot outrigger attached to the top. Since the fence was completed, maybe one or two deer a year get onto airport property, King said.

Airports can do a variety of things to control wildlife populations.

But in general, you're going to have to make choices, hitting a barn swallow or a cliff swallow is a whole lot better than hitting a giant Canada goose, Antonides said. air history is the starling, Antonides said. not because of their size. It's because of their propensity to fly in huge, thick flocks, Antonides said.

If striped gophers are spotted, going to take care of them because there'll be birds hovering overhead, Wilson said. Skunks and raccoons are trapped. Corn is not grown on airport property only hay because it would attract birds and animals.

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When birds become abundant, an airport employee sprays pesticide along the runways to eliminate spiders and grasshoppers, which birds consider delicious.

Except for the airport he's working on now, at Yellowstone National Park, killdeer have been a familiar site at every airport Antonides has worked with.

During the daily runway inspections three on weekdays, two on Saturday and Sunday also do wildlife inspections, King said.

In the fall, for example, blackbirds prefer a closely manicured landscape. like green grass that's three inches or shorter. In the fall, when huge flocks of blackbirds arrive, Antonides advises airports to keep the grass taller than six inches. Small flocking birds rely on visual contact with each other to when to fly, when to stay put, that sort of thing.'

This time of year, the airport starts looking for geese to start coming in. in October we'll put out a notice to airmen stating that there's migratory waterfowl on and in vicinity of the airport, Wilson said.