From the Times Ledger:
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced last week new safeguards to prevent airplanes from hitting birds over and near the trash transfer station the city Sanitation Department is currently building in the College Point Corporate Park, about 2,000 feet from LaGuardia Airport’s eastern runway.
The additional safety measures come in response to a June 2009 meeting between U.S. Reps. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) and Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, during which the congressmen warned LaHood of the dangers the facility could pose to aircraft.
New safeguards will be instituted during construction and operation of the facility. They include creating a wildlife hazards management plan, eliminating perching sites, a no-feeding policy for nearby animals, use of landscaping plants unattractive to wildlife, providing a dedicated wildlife-control professional, monitoring of trash containers and monitoring of barge activity.
The new protections come in addition to a new bird-strike plan Ackerman and Crowley recently helped get the FAA to agree to implement. That plan will require the USDA to monitor all bird activity around the trash facility by bringing an on-site biologist to visit the spot once a week for the first two years it is in operation.
If the biologist discovers there is an increase in bird activity, the site will be shut down by the FAA until the bird volume is reduced again.
Pigeon birth control is also now on the market and available without a prescription!