- Associated Press - Friday, July 25, 2014

SITKA, Alaska (AP) - A wildlife expert says last year’s improvements at Sitka’s airport are helping to reduce the risk of collisions between birds and planes.

The Daily Sitka Sentinel (https://is.gd/zyEJYv) reports that David Tresham told the Sitka Chamber of Commerce Wednesday that grass sections of an infield near the runway were filled with gravel, and that has made a difference. Before, the area would fill with water, attracting birds.

Tresham is a wildlife specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture who is managing wildlife threats to planes that use Sitka’s airport.

Bird strikes are a big concern there. An Alaska Airlines jet hit an eagle on takeoff in 2010 and had to abort the flight.

Tresham says birds remain a concern, but workers have done a good job identifying potential problems.

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Information from: Daily Sitka (Alaska) Sentinel, https://www.sitkasentinel.com/

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