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The Specialist: Snake Lady & Wildlife One

photo courtesy of San Francisco International Airport
Airport biologist Natalie Reeder

San Francisco International Airport is built on dozens of acres of wetlands, and it’s home to many species of birds. Unfortunately for those birds, it's also home to many, many airplanes. That means it’s someone’s job to  keep these flying creatures and flying objects out of each other’s way. 

Producers Leila Day and Casey Miner tell us more in this episode of The Specialist.

NATALIE REEDER: I wish we could prevent more of it from happening—either them getting killed by planes or them getting shot because they're posing a hazard to planes—those two things are the same thing.

Click the audio player above to listen to hear all about this unusual job.

The Specialist is sound designed and mixed by Seth Samuel. Find out how to subscribe to The Specialist podcast here.

Leila Day is a Senior Producer at Pineapple Street Media and is the Executive Producer and co-host of The Stoop Podcast, stories about the black diaspora. Her work has been featured on NPR, 99% Invisible, the BBC as well as other outlets. Before The Stoop, she was an editor at Al Jazeera's podcast network and worked on creating and editing award winning narrative driven journalism. She began her career in journalism at KALW where she worked as a health care and criminal justice reporter. During that time she contributed as an editor, taught audio storytelling to inmates at San Quentin, and helped develop curriculum for training upcoming reporters.