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August 13, 2013

Baa! O’Hare turns to goats to clear airfield brush

CHICAGO — O’Hare airport’s latest acquisition isn’t a new runway or a futuristic terminal — it’s a noisy barnyard band of about two dozen goats, sheep, llamas and burros.

They’re mission: to mow the grass. Lots of it.

O’Hare International is one of the largest airports in the world and it takes its environmental initiatives to serious and sometimes quirky heights. It has acres of green roofs, including one atop an air traffic control facility, to reduce storm water runoff and lower the urban heat island effect of the airport’s massive concrete expanse.

The goats and their furry friends are making their debut today in an environmentally friendly brush-clearing operation. One of the goals is to rid the airfield of habitat for birds, which can present an aviation hazard.

 

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