USDA to Begin Ongoing Bird Dispersal Measures for Airport Safety at RTC SouthEast Connector Project Site

Reno, Nevada (January 16, 2018) – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is planning to non-lethally disperse birds away from the SouthEast Connector project site wetlands area, near the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Due to the winter migration, there has been an uptick in the number of birds, specifically gulls, flying between Virginia Lake and the SouthEast Connector project site, near the wetlands. The gulls fly through the Reno-Tahoe International Airport airfields and pose a safety threat to humans and aircraft.

To encourage the gulls to move away from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, the USDA will use noise-making devices, such as fireworks and pyrotechnics.

Vegetation has been planted at the SouthEast Connector project site to help mitigate this issue. Once the vegetation grows in, the area will cease to be an attractive location for gulls, and further mitigation will likely be unnecessary.

Residents in the Hidden Valley area will likely hear these banging and whistling sounds periodically during daytime hours until the birds relocate. This process is expected to begin immediately and is anticipated to continue periodically through late spring.

The SouthEast Connector Project is anticipated to be complete in early summer of 2018. For project updates, visit SouthEastConnector.com to sign up for stakeholder email notifications, or follow RTC on Facebook and Twitter.

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