- Posted by Air Rider
- On May 26, 2016
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Vancouver International Airport scared a record more than one million birds away from runways last year in a ramped-up effort to reduce the number of times airplanes hit birds.
The airport moved almost 1.1 million birds in 2015, up from 624,000 in 2014 and a five-year high of 704,000 in 2012.
“Our wildlife program is a big component of managing aviation safety,” David Bradbeer, YVR’s wildlife program specialist, said in an interview.
Much of the increase was attributed to a jump in the snow geese population to an estimated 81,000 for the shared Skagit-Fraser population, up from 64,000 in 2014. About half of those birds overwinter in the lower Fraser delta. Bradbeer said about one-quarter of the snow geese are juvenile birds which are more naive and less receptive to control efforts.
The airport began using a five-metre AirRider 45 hovercraft last year to get into the marshes off the end of the runway. Once wildlife crews are close, they employ noisemakers to frighten the geese into moving on.