Raptor Strike Avoidance Program
Airporter Shuttle is now a proud participant in the Sea-Tac Airport Raptor Strike Avoidance Program. This is an important conservation and safety program that traps raptors (hawks, falcons, eagles, owls, etc.) at Sea-Tac Airport and relocates them to Skagit and Whatcom counties in NW Washington State. The program has been very successful in minimizing impacts between aircraft and birds of prey at Sea-Tac. Using a variety of innovative techniques, biologists have captured and relocated over 350 raptors, with almost no incidence of return.
Sea-Tac Airport Wildlife Biologist Steve Osmek heads up the program, working closely with Falcon Research Group Biologist Bud Anderson. Airporter Shuttle provides a safe and convenient means of transport from Sea-Tac Airport to Burlington in Skagit County.
This program is part of the brilliant and comprehensive Wildlife Management Program at Sea-Tac Airport. Steve Osmek and his staff closely monitor wildlife activity in the area and use ingenious traps, like the Swedish Goshawk Trap, to capture birds of prey. Transported safely aboard Airporter Shuttle (in approved transport containers, located in the under-carriage luggage bays) for the 80-mile trip north to Burlington, the birds are met by Bud Anderson and his staff and taken to nearby Bow, Washington, where they are measured, banded and released into the bucolic wilderness of Skagit County.
|Photos of the Raptor Strike Avoidance Program|