Ornithology: Fighting the Birds

As long as any Dutchmen can remember, the airspace over their crowded lowlands has swarmed with birds. But the birds have increasing competition. Part of the sky over The Netherlands has been invaded by commercial air routes; another part has been taken over by the military. And the birds are fighting back. In the past seven years the Dutch Air Force has recorded 413 bird-plane collisions. Commercial airplanes have had their share of bird trouble too, but they make no reports lest they frighten passengers. Circumstances have forced the Dutch to become world leaders in anti-bird research, but the problem...

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