Structures near airports increase risk of airplane-goose collisions
Graduate student Ryan Askren (left), avian ecologist Michael Ward (right), and their colleagues found that Canada geese are using man-made structures that bring them close to airport runways.
Photo by Fred Zwicky
November 21, 2019

From mid-November 2015 through February 2016, scientists used GPS transmitters to track the movements of Canada geese near Midway International Airport in Chicago. They discovered that – in the colder months, at least – some geese are hanging out on rooftops, in a rail yard and in a canal close to Midway’s runways. This behavior increases the danger of collisions between geese and airplanes, the researchers say.

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