Birds relocated from SouthEast Connector site for airport safety
RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) —
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has begun dispersing birds from the SouthEast Connector project site, citing concerns they could pose a danger to aircraft flying to and from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
Birds are flying between Virginia Lake and the project, directly through the airfield of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Birds can cause damage to airplanes or even engine failure.
This migratory pattern is new for the birds. They've begun hanging around the project because of the lack of vegetation. These types of birds prefer dry areas with few obstacles so they can more easily see anything that might see them as prey.
The USDA says it does not plan to harm the birds or remove them from the area, but rather scare them away and discourage them from flying to the SouthEast Connector project.
They'll be using pyrotechnics and other noise-making devices to startle them, but they say the sounds can also startle humans if you're not sure what they are.
WATCH to hear the sounds the USDA will be using to scare the birds away.