Thanks to George Billard for sending me the url of his terrific short film — Birdman of JFK — which shows falconer Ron Rollins of Falcon Environmental Services flying his birds at the airport in an attempt to prevent bird strikes.
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There’s been a spike in intetest in falconry ever since the USAirways jet landed in the Hudson River. In a blog post on World Hum that talks about the falconers who work on bird control at JFK airport in New York, Rob Verger talks to John Kellerman, the manager of operations at JFK for Falcon Environmental Services. He’s a retired New York City Police Sergeant, and has been working as a falconer at JFK for four years.
Many people don’t realize that Kennedy Airport spans 5,200 acres and sits beside nearby Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, which is nearly 10,000 acres in size. This is prime habitat for shorebirds and gulls, which don’t mix well with jet engines.
Read the story at World Hum.