It's been eight years since Captain Chelsey "Sully" Sulzberger became a national hero by calmly landing an airplane on the Hudson River after it lost power in two engines, preventing the deaths of 155 passengers. And while Sully got a movie out of it, in which he was played by Tom Hanks no less, what of the birds who hang out near the city's airports and were blamed for the crash? As it turns out, they're just getting a heaping helping of death.

An AP report looked into how the Port Authority has responded to the flock of geese that brought down Flight 1549 eight years ago today, and found that officials had slaughtered more than 70,000 birds since the incident. And as it turns out, most of the birds haven't even been geese. The most common bird killed by wildlife officials for hanging out near Kennedy, LaGaurdia or Newark airports has been the seagull, with 28,000 killed. The next most common was the European starling, at 16,800 killed, with geese coming in at 1,830 killed.

Despite the many birds killed using shotguns and traps, the AP analysis also found that bird strikes on airplanes at the three city airports "went from an average of 158 strikes per year in the five years before the accident to an average of 299 per year in the six years after it." Advocates for birds have called into question whether all of the death and destruction is really this necessary, but Port Authority wildlife biologist Laura Francoeur defended the authority's record and noted that beyond shooting the birds, the PA works to keep birds away by changing up the habitats near the airports or even using fireworks and lasers. There was no indication of whether the lasers were set to the music of Pink Floyd.