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Designers of New Air Terminal Strive to Limit Bird Strikes

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Sacramento may not be the busiest airport in the country, but when it comes to the problem of bird strikes, birds flying into planes on takeoff and landing, Sacramento is right up there with Kennedy International Airport.
That's because the airport is situated along the pacific flyway, a wildlife area used by millions of geese, raptors and other birds.
Standing outside the just completed terminal in a new nine acre park, lead architect John Mares explained how the new terminal is designed inside and out to discourage just those kind of birds.
MARES: "Well we use all kinds of plantings that are not attractive to wildlife. The rats don't like deer grass. So when you don't have the rats, you don't have the raptors that are chasing the rats. None of the trees have fruit on them, so you don't get the birds that are attracted by that."
There are also touches on the outside of the new terminal designed to make the building less attractive to two legged flying creatures.
MARES: "If you look at the building we have these solar shades which are part of the sustainability aspect of the building. But those solar shades are designed so birds can't perch on the them. There is perforations in them that are just slightly smaller than a bird needs to hook on there."
Before the opening of the new terminal B, according to the FAA, there have been eighty bird strikes so far this year in Sacramento.
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