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Keeping birds off runways

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Cedar Rapids (KWWL) - Government experts say collisions between birds and aircraft are increasing for two reasons, the environment is cleaner and airplanes are quieter.

The Eastern Iowa Airport uses a noise cannon during peak migration periods. Their wildlife hazard management plan outlines other ways to keep birds from living and mating near the airport, including restrictions on what trees can be planted.

Lethal measures are used as a last resort. Several bodies of water surround the Des Moines International Airport, and that's where ducks and geese are often found during the summer months.

The airport has a contract with the USDA to patrol areas around the runways to keep birds out.

 

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