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September 4, 2013 at 12:22 PM

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Protector of the Seatac runway


MIKE SIEGEL / THE SEATTLE TIMES

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.

MIKE SIEGEL / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Pigeons sit in a trap in the north end of airport as a plane lands on the center runway. The pigeons act as bait for larger birds that the airport want to capture and re-locate. The pigeons, who have plenty of food and water, are separated and not harmed by the trapped birds..

MIKE SIEGEL / THE SEATTLE TIMES

A Virgin Air jet makes its way down the third runway past a perched bird.

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