Fairfax County, Va. – It is normal to see birds searching for food near a solid waste transfer station or landfill. Unfortunately, some of the critical environmental infrastructure at these facilities can be hazardous for our feathered friends. Landfill gas flares are one such hazard for avian wildlife. To help protect the birds and prevent any injury, DPWES Solid Waste Management Program (SWMP) recently installed two flare crowns at the I-66 Transfer Station to replace the flat surface at the top of the flares located onsite. Called flare crowns because of their spikes, or points, birds do not see them as areas to perch, so they avoid them and, thus, avoid the heat and fire from the flared landfill gas.