MacDill Air Force Base is located right outside Tampa, Florida. The area has large numbers of birds, which don’t go well together with the massive KC-135 aircraft that take off and land on a daily basis; a bird strike can cause serious damage to an engine, and cost large amounts of taxpayer dollars to repair.
The air force base has found an innovative solution. They employ Sonic – a border collie rescue dog – to keep the runways clear of birds, and she performs this duty on a daily basis. Sonic doesn’t hurt the birds, but scares them off, and does so more efficiently than more high-tech options.