The Federal Aviation Administration says hundreds of airplanes collided with birds at Nevada airports between 1990 and 2008, but, thankfully, few of the incidents resulted in substantial damage to aircraft.
Although McCarran International Airport visitor traffic is down in Las Vegas, it led the nation with 244 bird strikes, five of those incidents resulting in substantial aircraft damage.
Following the Las Vegas record, the Reno-Tahoe International Airport followed with 176 strikes, four involving substantial damage.
Elko Municipal Airport reported eight strikes, one involving substantial damage.
The reports follow January’s ditching in the Hudson River in New York of a US Airways jet after being struck by a flock of geese after takeoff.
The bald eagle, the iconic national symbol of the United States, is our new Las Vegas snowbird. Results from a recent survey show 108 eagles – 29 adults and 59 immature – now make their winter residence at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
Once on the brink of extinction, the bald eagle was declared an endangered species in 1967 for much of the United States, except Alaska, where about half of the world’s bald eagles live.
This year’s bald eagle survey results at the Lake Mead Science Symposium on January 14 reported the second-highest tally of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area since the midwinter counts began in 1985.
Last year the record tally was 116 bald eagles.
A good area to view and photograph the mighty bald eagles is at the Overton Arm of Lake Mead.