* The airport plants clover that is distasteful to geese and puts nets over nearby ponds to keep birds out.
Every day, Osmek or one of his assistants go around the airport and shoot off their noise-making guns to scare birds away.
"If it's in the air, it can be hit by a plane," Osmek said. "If it flies, it can certainly come into harm's way."
Types of birds hit most by aircraft in Washington state, 1990-2005:
Canada goose, 44
European starling, 41
Barn swallow, 20
Last year, there were 6,360 reported aircraft-vs.-bird incidents.
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