Volunteers could prevent bird, airplane collisions

Aullwood staff Tom Hissong and Robert Shelly collect bird data at the Dayton Airport (Photo/Aullwood Autobon Center)
Aullwood staff Tom Hissong and Robert Shelly collect bird data at the Dayton Airport (Photo/Aullwood Autobon Center)

BUTLER TWP., Ohio (WDTN) – Bird watchers can turn a potentially dangerous situation at the Dayton airport into a win-win situation for both.

Aullwood Audobon Center is looking for volunteers to keep an eye out for birds in the Dayton International Airport tallgrass prairies.

Not only can volunteers help prevent bird-plane collisions, but can also help Aullwood study the prairie and switchgrass near the airfield.

The idea behind the tall grasses is that it will deter larger birds that can potentially bring down an aircraft if they collide.

Bird strikes with planes have killed 23 people since 1990 and damaged nearly 12,000 aircraft. 120,000 birds died as a result of collisions with planes.

Aullwood wants to know exactly what species of birds are living near the airport, so a volunteer bird census team will help survey the area as part of the study.

The partnership is a first-of-its-kind at a commercial airport. The study will ultimately assist with land management at airports around the world.

Call 937-890-7360 for more information.

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