Beating The Birds

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 10:21am

DFW International Airport works to prevent dangerous bird strikes.

DFW International is one of the busiest airports in the world, and for every plane that taxis, takes-off or lands there are literally thousands of flights that have to be managed.

That's the job of Wildlife Management Director Cathy Boyles.

Boyles and a crew of about 30 airfield operators are just like air traffic controllers, but for birds.

"We are on the airfield 24 hours a day, seven days a week we do not take a minute off," Boyles says.

They're working to make sure the flight of animals doesn't compromise the safety of your flight.

"Even one bird can do damage and it's very important that we address this in every way possible," Boyles explains.

On Monday American Airlines Flight 880 had to emergency land after hitting a flock of pigeons, proving any bird large or small is a threat.

No one wants to kill the birds, just keep them out of the path of aircraft.

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