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Save the planes, scare the birds

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Jim Tigan and his bird Mac in Monterey, California. January 2005. (Kate Marden)

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Jim Tigan takes the hood off his falcon Mac in Monterey, California. 2006. (Kate Marden)

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The future of airport bird control may be the ancient art of falconry. Forget the noisemakers, the guns and the poison, one falconer says. All he needs to clear the runways around an airport is a falcon and 15 minutes every hour.