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August 21, 2014 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Flat grass. Birds targeted.

Dear German,

Things here are pretty flat without you.

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Can you see me? It’s research. Really. ©

I’m staying busy. Being productive. Research as shown here.

RC Cat read about an Ohio airport adopting a new method  to discourage birds from visiting the runway areas.

Instead of shooting, poisoning, or shooting off fireworks to terrorize flocks, they are planting tall prairie grass.

The big birds like Canadian geese are suspicious that predators might be hiding in the grass.

Seems like a natural solution.

So here I am pretending to be …what a wolf? Feral cat? Why doesn’t RC do her own research?

Maybe this is some plot to see if RC herself could lurk and leap out at the birds when they visit the bird feeder.

I’ll not be party to that. It’s nominal participation – just to keep the peace.

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What if I curl up a bit? Can you see me now? ©

Prairie grass works for me.

The prairie grasses are tough plants. You can mush and crush them and they spring back for more.

Grasses don’t have to be trimmed much so people have more time to throw balls or land planes.

Plants soak up water and carbon dioxide.

RC says that’s lucky. It’s hot. No dog keep from panting. And I do, too, wipe my feet when I come in after playing in the sprinkler…or someone grabs me and towels them, so I don’t know what she means by that.

Prairie grass is a whole lot better than what Houston’s big airport was doing.

People got outraged when poison bait was feed to birds there. All those thrashing little birds dying long horrible deaths all over the sidewalk, parking garages and in full view of public.

Grim, cruel, and inhumane. They deserved to be called out by that TV station. (Disturbing video here)

German, people are so odd. Or self-centered.

The birds are just doing normal bird things like migrating with the seasons. Birds want to stop for a night’s rest just like people do.

The birds don’t realize people have evicted them from their favorite resort areas.

Airport guys better find some way to let the birds know.

No fair being mad because the birds aren’t cooperating.

Seems people are having the same problem after building some solar panel projects, too.

Did anyone ask for input from the birds?

Pretty rude. Birds are steaming.  In mid-air.

RC said something about birds striking.

But, German, how can they? How would they hold the signs?

Can’t imagine them walking around for long on those little toes when they have wings – then there’s the sign holding  problem again…signs won’t do much for bird aerodynamics.

German, just between you and me, should people consider creating a bird Bed and Breakfast in an alternative location?

A nice rice or grain field safely off to the side with a little water feature.

Airport guys need to remember tall prairie grasses can encourage little field mice to move in.

Some big birds have no self-control. Some must like diving into danger.

Impulse driven. Can’t stay out of trouble.

(Possibly comes from perching around people too much and picking up bad habits.)

Well, RC says that’s people’s business, and I’m to concentrate on  prairie grass research now.

Maybe you can help.

Not with the grass smushing or hiding in the flowerbed, but with that demanding cat.

She needs to be taken down a notch or two…

I have all sorts of hijinks planned for our sleepover.

I know where a frog lives – we can poke him out of there.

You’ll be so busy you won’t have time to miss your Person. (I promise not to bite your tail…so much)

Rest up now and get ready.

It’ll be flat-out fun.

Yours in paws

Molly, the Marvelous (More bounce per ounce!)

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Just like a wolf waiting for geese. Easy. No I’m not waiting for that frog to come out from under the bush. That would be recreational smushing. This is research. ©



  1. Beth / Aug 21 2014 2:02 pm

    Huge kudos to Dayton for trying to figure out a more humane solution.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 21 2014 2:14 pm

      Really hope the “experiment” goes well and others adopt the concept. Birds and airports don’t mix, but other solutions are pretty grim. Thanks for flying in with a comment


  2. Ally Bean / Aug 21 2014 3:46 pm

    This is the first that I’ve heard about this idea– and I love it. Dayton Airport has a long blvd-style driveway up to it, so the added grasses will look great & be useful.

    Love the photos of a doggy who thinks outside the box: “Why roam through grass when one can smoosh it down? So much nicer. And easier for the human to get a good photo of me!”


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 21 2014 3:59 pm

      Brilliant idea. The no-mow alone should be a big plus. I know some airports here have goat herds and shepherds that move them from location to location (bound to be hard on those little ears and nerves), but also a possibility for warmer climates. Simple solutions often work the best for all involved. (And Molly was thrilled to point out the article and then pose for illustrative purposes only…never would she consider it otherwise….)
      Thanks for smushing in a comment


  3. Carrie Rubin / Aug 21 2014 4:44 pm

    I’ll take long grass over poison any day. As long as my state doesn’t get an influx of those little mice you mentioned. 😉


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 21 2014 7:59 pm

      You’d think the winters would take are of that. Or maybe some nice black snakes – great hunters! Thanks for raking a comment over here


      • Carrie Rubin / Aug 21 2014 8:33 pm

        Snakes? Yikes, I’d rather have the mice!


  4. Paul / Aug 21 2014 5:06 pm

    I haven’t had much experience with birds – they fly in and fly out of my life. I do have a few suggestions though: 1) they could build a teeny weeny little airport beside the big one just for the birds, then they wouldn’t be trying to use the same runways ; 2)they could install flashing lights and radar reflectors on the birds so they can been seen by the naked eye and radar; 3) Any birds wishing to demonstrate could pull little banners behind them, like the small planes advertizing,as they fly by the control tower ; 4) they could hire a cat (possibly RC Cat) to sit in the control tower and direct the birds to their own little airport – after all, they have a ground controller and an air controller, they should have a bird controller too.

    See, there’s lots of good ideas out there. All they have to do is ask. 😀


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 22 2014 12:23 am

      What a flock of ideas! No way to feather this nest more. Thanks for flying in with solutions


  5. katecrimmins / Aug 21 2014 7:18 pm

    Molly reminds me of my cat Morgan. I have a large patch of grass growing inside for all the cats. When she joined us the first thing she did was to try to roll in it, completely flattening it out. She was picked up as a stray so she must have remembered grass from her bachelor days.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 21 2014 8:09 pm

      This grass is especially good for back rubs….and keeping an eye on that frog hideout. I should write an article on dog proof landscaping. (RC’s grass is kept behind gated doors…or it would be Molly’s pompom all the way down the hall) Thanks for trimming up a comment


  6. PiedType / Aug 21 2014 7:45 pm

    Love the prairie grass idea. Certainly worth a try, even if the result might be a few more mice and predatory raptors in the area.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 22 2014 12:34 am

      The prairie grass would add texture and flow with the wind. Agree it’s a great idea. Thanks for flying in to chat


      • PiedType / Aug 22 2014 2:42 am

        I have some 4-ft high maidengrass in my yard precisely because it’s so beautiful in the breeze.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 22 2014 1:56 pm

          That’s what I’d like to see here. The flowerbed in front with a mix of tall and mid-sized grasses is slowly growing…so as not to gain attention off green grass people. Trying to find the hardy ones that take both extreme heat and snow/ice…and dog squashing. Thanks for the wave!


  7. heretherebespiders / Aug 21 2014 8:03 pm

    Grassy-ass for this!


  8. robstroud / Aug 21 2014 10:13 pm

    Looks so gentle I would expect her to play with the geese, should they appear.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 21 2014 10:34 pm

      Actually you’re right. She adores birds and might tango or chacha across the yard if one waddled in, I don’t think she’d bite or intentionally hurt something that might play with her. She’s such a party girl…probably a cheer leader or cruise director in fur. Thanks for rolling in to chat


  9. LifeOfBun / Aug 24 2014 7:06 pm

    Pests. Right. Pfff that’s ridiculous, so sad. And doesn’t seem like a very solid plan either. If I were walking around with birds spasming like that i’d go mental, i’d run into a building telling everyone to get inside because something might be wrong with the air! Mass hysteria! Molly though, hehe ^_^ if it fits, she sits. What a throne.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 25 2014 7:54 pm

      People were very upset about all the dying birds. Horrid. But by showing that video, people yelled enough to make the airport try something else. Hope the prairie grass idea works – it could grow well here. One complication is the airport right now sells hay cut on airport property. Birds should be considered, though. Thanks for flying by with a comment


  10. jannatwrites / Aug 27 2014 1:46 am

    I’d sure hate to see the poisoned birds die. (Even in Phoenix with the huge pigeon problem, I still wouldn’t want to see them suffer…) I hope the prairie grass is a successful deterrent.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 27 2014 1:37 pm

      It was a horrible event. You have to wonder what kind of person would think such cruel deaths are acceptable. (Scary they are out there running around) Only good that came of it is that people saw and demanded/got change. Prairie grass is a simple natural solution – if they are worried about rodents, put a few black snakes in there and it’ll be fine. Thanks for edging over with a comment


  11. jmmcdowell / Aug 27 2014 11:44 pm

    Using trained birds of prey helps with smaller critters, but certainly wouldn’t do much to discourage geese. I really hope they’ll find lots more advantages to having native prairie grasses than just the goose deterrent. Mice could be a problem, but those birds of prey could help—or nonvenomous snakes. Even if they might give Carrie the heebee jeebees! 😉


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 28 2014 2:20 pm

      Apparently not much discourages Canadian geese – even eagles. They know their route and are sticking to it. A few black snakes would be happy to take a bite out of the rodent population..even the poisonous snake population. But think their union requires a hibernation clause? Thanks for flying in with a comment.


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