Wednesday, August 17, 2016

I've been meaning to post something about Wildlife Management at Portland International Airport but I've been bogged down in what turns out to be interesting research. Once upon a time, I saw a vehicle on the PDX tarmac with the markings of the Wildlife department and I was mildly amused. It seemed incongruous amongst the jets, fueling trucks, luggage trailers, food service trucks, and the personnel in reflective vests getting planes ready to arrive or depart. Was there also a zoo at PDX?

But, more recently, I read in the preface to Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach the method by which the military tests aircraft against what is called birdstrikes: by shooting chickens out of a sixty-foot cannon. And I thought, huh, there must be something to this wildlife thing.

So, I went back to the PDX website and started reading about wildlife management. And reading, and reading. It's interesting stuff.

And, I'll tell you about it someday. I'll lose internet later today so I just wanted to let you know what I've been up to: page 28 of 137 of Portland International Airport's 2009 Update Wildlife Hazard Management Plan, Port of Portland Mitigation Sites, Portland International Airport 2009 Landscaping Standards, PDX Raptors . . . .

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