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Airports May Skip Mowing the Grass to Decrease Bird Strikes

August 15, 2014 at 7:53 AM | by | ()

We’ve heard of plenty of options to reduce the instances of bird strikes at airports across the globe. Not only are things dangerous for the planes and people involved, but we’re pretty sure it’s not a wonderful experience for the birds either.

One airport in Ohio is now testing out something different, and it should even save some money when it comes to the airport landscaping budget. Dayton International Airport is adding some tall prairie grass to around 200 acres in and around the airport, and their goal is to get the new stuff planted where planes take off and land all before the end of the year.

The thought is that geese—and other hefty feathered flyers—don’t really like tall grasses, as they think that unfriendly critters could be hiding inside. In theory that should cut down on those birds hanging out on less than desirable lands.

The test run for this new plan will run for three years, and best of all, it sounds like they’ll only have to mow the grass once in that three year period.

[Photo: Warren Brown]

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