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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Protector of the runway

Wildlife Biologist, Steve Osmek, manages the ecosystem at Seattle Tacoma International Airport. One of his jobs is to make sure planes and wildlife live well together. As an Alaska 737 lands, Osmek examines an Immature Cooper's Hawk that was captured at the north end of the airport. This hawk will be taken by bus to Burlington where it will be tagged and released in the northwest section of the state. As wildlife biologist, Osmek's job is to make sure that birds stay away from planes arriving and departing the Airport.

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