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    Airport Planting Prairie Grass As A Preemptive Measure Against Bird Attacks

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    In an effort to keep airborne animals like geese away from their airport, officials at Dayton International in Ohio have decided to plant prairie grass.

    It doesn’t seem that even a heavy bird would be any match for a large passenger jet, yet they are the number 1 cause of damage to planes.

    In an effort to keep airborne animals like geese away from their airport, officials at Dayton International in Ohio have decided to plant prairie grass.

    Many birds avoid the tall growth as they fear it may be teeming with predators.

    If it works, it would certainly be a more peaceful means of ridding take off and landing areas of potentially harmful geese and such.

    Quite often, airports resort to shooting and poisoning.

    Dayton’s first planting will cover 300 acres of non-aeronautical land.

    Depending upon results, there are another 1900 viable acres that could benefit from it.

    Said the facility’s director, "If we are going to protect the long term use of airports in an increasingly populated area we need to be less intrusive and find ways to contribute in a positive way to our surroundings."

    It’s also likely a lot less expensive than fixing jets. It’s estimated that each year about 950 million dollars in damages is done to planes by birds.