by GLENN FARLEY / KING 5 News
Posted on May 21, 2014 at 6:17 PM
Updated Wednesday, May 21 at 6:47 PM
SEA-TAC INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Wash. — Imagine being 100 feet up in a tree and pulling chicks out of a nest. That may sound harsh, but it could keep your next flight at Sea-Tac from crashing.
Another spring, another pair of red tailed hawk chicks are rescued from a nest. Why? Because the birds are too close to Sea-Tac Airport’s runways.
Collisions are dangerous for people on planes and really bad for the birds.
John Mayet is an arborist – a tree guy, but he’s been handling these retrieval duties for years on behalf of biologists.
“We’ll take these (chicks) up north, we tag them all and that way we know if they’ve come back to the airport,” said Mayet.
Mikki Viehoffer is with the Port of Seattle’s wildlife program.