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why birds collide with airplanes

In this Boston Globe article Dr. S. Allen Counter — a professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, a neurophysiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and director of the Harvard Foundation — writes about research he did with gulls at Logan Airport just outside of Boston . He looked at how birds hear and transmit sound and had some interesting findings. He found that intense jet noise may interfere with a bird’s ability to hear by over stimulating the bird’s inner ear hearing receptors. The brain wave responses also showed diminished hearing capacity in older birds. So when the gulls are startled by the noise of a jet taking off, they can get disoriented and fly into the path of the plane rather than away from it.

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and yet more bird strikes, this time on NYC buildings

A blog post in the New York Times focuses in on bird strikes with New York city buildings. According to the post the three deadliest buildings in New York for bird collisions are the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, and Bellevue Hospital Center. This is based on a study done by the New York City Audubon Society, which keeps track of the deaths as part of Project Safe Flight in an online database.

“‘We collect thousands of dead birds every year, and we barely scratch the surface,’ said Glenn Phillips, the society’s executive director.

The Fish and Wildlife Service gave a grant to the Audubon Society to study bird collision mortality in New York City. The study, which will be released in March, examines landscape and architectural risk factors in bird deaths around the city as a model for other urban areas. Among the areas studied were the Met and the Javits Center.”

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