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Keeping watch: Wildlife biologist surveys Peterson AFB for animals

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Doug Ekberg, United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service wildlife biologist, uses his binoculars throughout the day to spot wildlife at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, June 4, 2018. Ekberg is contracted through the 21st Space Wing Safety Office to help improve the Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard program and keep the flight line safe for Peterson AFB and the Colorado Springs Airport. (U.S. Air Force photo by Audrey Jensen)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – A swainson’s hawk flies off the fence at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, June 4, 2018. Doug Ekberg, United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service wildlife biologist, who is contracted through the 21st Space Wing Safety Office to improve safety on the flight line, drives across Peterson AFB and the Colorado Springs Airport every day to assess the area for wildlife such as this bird. (U.S. Air Force photo by Audrey Jensen)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Doug Ekberg, United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service wildlife biologist, drives his truck on the flight line at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, as he communicates through his radio to make sure he knows what aircraft are in and out-bound and to check for any safety hazards on the flight line, June 4, 2018. Ekberg drives around Peterson AFB and the Colorado Springs Airport every day to assess different areas in the region for wildlife. (U.S. Air Force photo by Audrey Jensen)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Doug Ekberg, United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service wildlife biologist, provides food and water to the pigeon being used to attract a predatory bird to the raptor trap at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, June 4, 2018. This year was the first year that Eckberg set a raptor trap on Peterson AFB in an attempt to capture predatory birds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Audrey Jensen)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Doug Ekberg, United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service wildlife biologist, feeds and gives water to the pigeon being used to attract its predator in a raptor trap at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, June 4, 2018. Predatory birds like hawks and falcons may see the pigeon and become trapped in an attempt to catch it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Audrey Jensen)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Doug Ekberg, United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service wildlife biologist, sets up a raptor trap at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, June 4, 2018. He set the trap in order to capture large predatory birds, so the flight line will be free of hazards. The trap is used as an alternative to shooting to remove birds from the flight line at Peterson AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Audrey Jensen)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – For most of his work day, Doug Ekberg, United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service wildlife biologist, drives around Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, and the Colorado Springs Airport to keep the flight lines safe while assessing the surrounding areas for wildlife. Wildlife found on and around Peterson AFB include antelope, burrowing owls, snakes, prairie dogs, raccoons, mallards, hawks and a variety of other birds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Audrey Jensen)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Doug Ekberg, United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service wildlife biologist, observes bird nests in the trainer plane at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, June 4, 2018. Birds find and adapt to surrounding water, according to Ekberg. When birds start to build nests in the trainer plane, Ekberg has to make a call for firefighters at Peterson AFB to water down the trainer plane. (U.S. Air Force photo by Audrey Jensen)

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