Owls Attracted To Protect Runway
A California community has come up with a high-flying approach to combating the crumbling infrastructure at its little airport. They’re letting a local Boy Scout put up owl boxes in trees near the runway at Columbia Airport, near Sonora in northern California. It seems gophers have made a mess of the grass strip, digging holes and creating mounds of earth that can make for jarring landings and takeoffs. The 2,600-foot irrigated runway isn’t even a year old. “Hopefully it is going to lower our maintenance costs and keep our brand-new runway in better shape,” said airport director Jim Thomas.