JACKSON, Wyo. — The nation's only commercial airport inside a national park is keeping secret its plans to protect birds from collisions with aircraft.
The Jackson Hole Airport will make its environmental analysis public for review once it's done. The airport is working on a plan to protect birds, especially sage grouse.
The bird plan is required by the Federal Aviation Administration and will be finalized over the next six to eight months. The airport director said that any actions suggested by the analysis could require further study and public comment.
Wildlife officials say the airport is considering trying to relocate a sage grouse breeding ground, called a lek, to draw birds away from the runway's north end.
As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.