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Honk if you like airports.

Scientist hopes Canada geese won’t.

By Dan Namowitz

Canada geese rank second behind gulls and ahead of hawks as a bird-strike risk for aircraft.  Canada goose populations in the U.S. have grown from thousands in the 1960s to an FAA-estimated 5.3 million in 2009. AOPA member Philip C. Whitford, a biologist, professor, and 1,200-hour pilot, has been on a decades-long wild goose chase that is producing promising results in clearing out unwelcome goose populations.

Namowitz, D. (2011, November 28). Honk if you like airports. AOPA Online. Retrieved January 10, 2012, from