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.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Fla. airport hopes fake grass will keep birds away

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A central Florida airport want to install artificial turf to deter birds from hanging around the planes.

Sanford International Airport officials say birds cause problems for dozens of planes a year. One jet had to make an emergency landing after a bird flew into one of its engines.

In 2012, the Federal Aviation Administration spent more than $100,000 on air cannons to scare away birds. Airport officials tell WFTV (http://bit.ly/1kKmKRr ) that they now want to take a quieter approach.

Officials say artificial turf doesn't retain water or food, so the birds won't want to hang around the airport.

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