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Expert Resource: Canadian geese flight patterns, chaos and competition for airspace

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KINGSTON, R.I. January 16, 2009 -- University of Rhode Island Professor Frank H. Heppner is available to discuss the flight patterns of Canadian geese and their potential impact on the open airways.

Heppner, a professor of biological sciences is an expert in the structure and function of organized groups of moving animals, particularly birds.

He has researched the role of chaos in the behavioral systems of birds, and was a private pilot for 30 years.

Though not an expert in bird strikes, Heppner does have expertise in the flight patterns of Canada geese.

As a pilot, he has an inherent understanding of the potential dangers that geese can present for an aircraft.

To reach Heppner, please contact Shane Donaldson, 401-874-4894.