42.Taoyuan Airport Takes Steps to Avoid Bird Strikes
The Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is now seeing fewer bird strikes over the past
few years. A bird strike is when a bird flying in the sky gets hit by a manmade vehicle,
usually a plane. Not only is this deadly for birds, it is also very dangerous for people.
Most often in bird strikes, the bird hits the front window of a plane, or gets sucked into one
of the engines. This damages the plane, sometimes so seriously that the plane crashes, leading
to hurts and even deaths.
And in the past few years, Taoyuan Airport has been taking steps to prevent these
dangerous events from happening. The airport is working with local bird experts to encourage
birds to go somewhere else, instead of hunting or killing them. For example, cattle egrets
are a medium-sized white bird often seen in Taiwan, and sometimes around the airport. But
they do not like fields of tall grass. So the airport has allowed grass near airport runways to
grow to about 30 centimeters tall, in order to encourage the egrets to keep away.
And black-winged kites are white and grey birds of prey that hunt mice and rodents. The
airport has set up places for them to rest on farmlands in the area. This encourages the kites to
stay there instead of near airport runways.
* strike 打;擊 vehicle 交通工具 suck 吸 crash 墜毀 encourage 促使 rodent 齧齒動物 infer 推論
bird of prey 猛禽 passanger 乘客
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【題組】42.( ) Which is true about the reading?
(A) A bird strike is seldom dangerous for the passangers and the pilots when flying.
(B) Taoyuan Airport has been working on keeping birds away from the runways for years.
(C) Taoyuan Airport cuts the grass before it grows to thirty centimeters to keep birds away.
(D) Black-winged kites are killed by the net set up on farmland around the airport.