Airplanes hit wildlife. Here’s how scientists are trying to prevent it.

From Verge Science.

More than 10,000 collisions between animals and airplanes are reported each year to the FAA, and those numbers are on the rise. Specialists work around the clock to keep airport wildlife strikes from turning deadly, employing a range of tactics from habitat management to sequencing bird DNA. Can they keep up with the pace of travel? The Verge Science team ventured from the tarmac to the feather identification lab to find out. Check out our latest video to learn more — and find out what “snarge” is.

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0:00 – Flight 1549 / The history of wildlife strikes
1:15 – On the runway at JFK
2:17 – The turtle problem
4:14 – Quantifying the data
6:13 – What is… snarge?
6:30 – Inside the Smithsonian’s Feather Identification Lab
7:02 – Identifying bird remains
8:25 – Why does all this matter?


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