Thursday, August 26, 2010

In Key West, the birds are spared

Fortunately saner heads prevailed in Key West where FAA officials wanted Key West International Airport to start taking potshots at birds that could be a hazard to  aircraft.

The Key West Citizen reports that the feds backed off of their demand after the county airport director pointed out that there are several species of endangered, threatened and rare birds found around the airport, among them, ospreys (above left), eagles, herons, and white-crowned pigeons.

Imagine the reaction of conservation groups if such a knuckleheaded idea had been implemented. More importantly, shooting birds at the airport could have been a hazard to the health of Key Westers. There are residential developments on three sides of the oceanside airport.

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