I Wonder: Why are there birds... INSIDE the Boise Airport?

I Wonder: Why are there birds... INSIDE the Boise Airport?

Credit: KTVB

Among the travelers and employees at the Boise Airport... you'll find something else... birds!

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by Don Day

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Posted on March 11, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 9 at 8:29 AM

I Wonder: Why doesn’t the Boise Airport find a way to free the birds that live inside the terminal? It makes me sad every time I’m waiting to board a flight and see them flying around eating crumbs off the carpet.
- Terry Smith, Nampa

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No really… it’s a bird – in the place you go to catch a plane. The Boise Airport is home not only to a fleet of fancy flyers – but also a flock of feathered-friends.

Busy passengers and airport employees mix it up with birds on a regular basis at BOI – and airports all over the world.

“It’s an ongoing problem,” airport spokesperson Patti Miller said. “Once they are in the terminal, all they see is the light and the warmth and of course – the food.”

It seems an airport is a pretty great place for birds to be. They sneak in through the boarding gate tunnels – and once they’re inside, there is little incentive to leave.

“I have no idea what attracts them to come through the tunnels,” Miller said. “It's always been an issue. It's amazing how clever they are. I don't think there's any airport that hasn't figured out how to keep them out.”

Miller says despite their persistence, airport officials do try to round them up and ship them out. When they see a mess or the animals become a problem, action is taken.

“Periodically we do try to trap them and get them back outdoors. They’re pretty elusive. I think they recognize a good thing when they see it.”

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