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Birds vs. Jets

Going back to a related issue-- medium-large birds getting sucked into jet 
engine intakes-- would it not be possible to design an aerodynamic, convex 
metal grid covering the intake that could deflect bird collisions and yet 
withstand the force of the  engine's suction and not obstruct it? Sort of like 
a steam locomotive's "cow catcher". --Mark  

--- On Fri, 3/20/09, don ohmes <d_ohmes@yahoo.com> wrote:

> From: don ohmes <d_ohmes@yahoo.com>
> Subject: sort o' ot -- maybe some good news on extant dino's and towers
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Date: Friday, March 20, 2009, 8:08 AM
> Perhaps adjusting the flash frequency could reduce
> fatalities even further...
> "Communication towers, lights, and birds: successful
> methods of reducing the frequency of avian collisions" --
> Joelle Gehring1,4, Paul Kerlinger2, Albert M. Manville II3
> 1Central Michigan University, Department of Biology, Mount
> Pleasant, Michigan 48859 USA
> 2Curry & Kerlinger, LLC, P.O. Box 453, Cape May Point,
> New Jersey 08212 USA
> 3Division of Migratory Bird Management, U.S. Fish and
> Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, MBSP-4107,
> Arlington, Virginia 22203 USA
> "[...] and multiple comparisons procedures determined that
> towers lit at night with only flashing lights were involved
> in significantly fewer avian fatalities than towers lit with
> systems that included [...} a combination of red, flashing
> lights and red, non-flashing lights. [...] Our results
> suggest that avian fatalities can be reduced, perhaps by
> 50â71%, at guyed communication towers by removing
> non-flashing/steady-burning red lights..."