ACRP’s reports saves Wildlife and adds to Airport Safety

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Ideally, airports are constructed distant from human habitats; that frequently means that the airfield is proximate to areas in which animals live. The interaction of deer and geese ,for example, with airplanes is bad for both. The below↓ article discusses how smart planning like the above↑ pictures can naturally discourage such dangerous collisions.

The Aviation Cooperative Research Program does a superb job of identifying experts who can contribute real world, practical solutions for airports. While the women and men who manage these facilities know aviation safety, it is not expected that they will be knowledgeable about arcane subjects like “what attracts specific species to the areas around an airport”. Traditional, however inartful, tactics to deter geese from landing included the use of shot gun or other loud noises.

ACRP has compiled a compendium of scientifically sound and extremely practical answers to keeping wildlife segregated from the airfield. This blurb was written by Gail Stabe of Mississippi State University. Sometimes the shotgun noise may be the only feasible alternative, but ACRP has identified tactics which may be applicable to your airport.

The above pictures depict how knowledge of the geese landing behavior can deter their selection of your green space as an attractive destination. The breaking up of their potential landing strip with natural barriers will encourage these fowl to go elsewhere. Clever, effective and nice landscaping!

Efforts to clear away scrub vegetation with goats, moving a grouse’s habitat, protecting diamond back turtles (‘terps”), knowledgeable wildlife biologist on staff and the value of well-designed local solutions to wildlife problems have been chronicled here to share good ideas; ACRP’s book is a far better resource and it is a pleasure to highlight it here.

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