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June/July 2018 airportbusiness 27 WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT things and finding new ways to make travel safer there." "Airports are great spots. We see these birds a lot more frequently because it's basically a giant hunting ground for them," she said. "It's wide open space with lots of grass." Washburn said in all likelihood, kestrels are particularly drawn to airports due to food sources. The department did a study on this at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and discovered the big attractant of kestrels there was grasshoppers. "We tried some management of the grasshoppers. It didn't turn out to be particularly effective unfortunately, but it was our effort in addition to trying to move them away from the airport where it would be safer," he said. Based on preliminary data from the study, Washburn said they have discovered the kestrels have a return rate of about 5 percent when removed from the airport. In comparison, the study published in the Journal of Wildlife Management on red tail hawks showed the adult birds when removed from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) had a return rate of about 33 percent. Young birds had a higher rate of return in the spring and lower in the fall. "Based on our preliminary data, based on the site specific studies, it seems the translocation method is a good tool to be used in the management of this species," Washburn said. "We're hoping from the study to learn some of the specifics of how to make it most cost effective so we know that we don't have to take them 60 miles and we can get the same return rate at 30 miles." Airports provide a strong food source for American kestrels, so researchers are trying to find ways to deter them from using airfields as hunting grounds. American Kestrels translocated in the federal program are given color coded bands to track their movement and see if they reappear at airports. USDA Wildlife Services USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services It's Time to Shine! Accepting nominations for the best and brightest It's time for the aviation industry to acknowledge you or your colleagues for dedication to the field and being a rising star in the leadership of the future. If you or your colleagues will be 39 years old or younger on October 1, 2018, you are eligible to be nominated for Airport Business magazine's Top 40 Under 40. Tell us why your nominee should be named one of Airport Business's 2018 Top 40 Under 40 honorees. Tell us why they deserve to be honored due to their: Outstanding attributes Involvement and contribution to the industry Innovation NOMINATION DEADLINE: JULY 6, 2018 To nominate, visit: www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018AB40u40

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