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For the birds that visit the Pocatello Regional Airport's Kizuna Garden, the breezeway glass shielding patrons from the elements has been an unseen enemy. Now, thanks to a donation things are quite a bit safer.
Over a year ago, avid birder and frequent traveler Chuck Trost along with Sue Weeg, both members of the Portneuf Valley Audubon Society, approached airport staff and were concerned about birds colliding with the glass in the breezeway that connects the airport’s parking lot to the terminal.
“I knew we had to do something when I flew out of Pocatello and found two birds that died from accidentally hitting the glass,” said Chuck Trost. “One of the birds was a white-throated sparrow, a species that is rare in this area.”
“After talking with Chuck and Sue, we agreed to keep a log of how many birds were striking the glass,” said David Allen, Pocatello Regional Airport Manager. “We found it was happening enough to warrant us doing something about it and the Audubon Society said they would purchase a window film to let incoming birds know the glass is there.”
Four test panels were installed with an image of the Kizuna Japanese Garden on the glass and found success. After the test run, it was determined to utilize a solid color design. When viewed from the garden, the panels look black and give the feel of enclosed space, while from the breezeway they appear white. All told, over 30 individual panels were donated.
“Most importantly, we’ve had no bird strikes this spring since the film was installed and spring is typically our heaviest season for strikes,” said Allen. “We’d like to thank the Audubon Society for their care in seeing our feathered friends have a safe respite here at the terminal.”
“I’m thrilled that it’s working and thankful the staff at Pocatello Regional Airport were supportive of our efforts to protect the birds,” said Sue Weeg.
For more information about Pocatello Regional Airport, visit iFlyPocatello.com.