Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Problems. Topic S10-09. Airport Wildlife Population Management

Aircraft collisions with birds and other wildlife pose a significant risk to and cost the aviation industry hundreds of millions dollars in damage and lost revenue every year. The majority of wildlife strikes occur within the airport environment, thus the responsibility for mitigation falls upon the airport operator. Airports are often located next to wildlife attractants such as waste management/transfer facilities, water management facilities, wetlands, agriculture, shorelines, wildlife refuges and other habitats that provide food, water and sheltering areas for birds and other wildlife. To reduce of wildlife using airports or their surrounding areas, an integrated approach utilizing multiple strategies should be considered, including; habitat modification, exclusion, hazing/harassing techniques, and population management. The objective of this synthesis project is to describe procedures and projects at representative airports used to manage wildlife population in order to minimize wildlife strike potential in the vicinity of airports. Airport operations staff and wildlife biologists responsible for airfield safety and wildlife management are the target audience for this report. The report would synthesize literature and practice relating to Wildlife Hazard Assessments, Wildlife Hazard Management Plans and programs/projects to deter wildlife through population management to minimize wildlife strike potential in the vicinity of airports. Information on methodologies, biology, effectiveness and costs needed to implement the population management portion of an airport's wildlife hazard management programs would be included, as well as a representative set of examples of airports using population management to manage diverse wildlife species across North America.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-03, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Staba, Gail

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Georgia, Athens

    Driftmier Engineering Center
    Athens, GA 30602, GA  United States  30602
  • Principal Investigators:

    Kennamer, Robert

  • Start Date: 20111212
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20130425
  • Source Data: RiP Project 29133

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543430
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-03, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 14 2014 1:01AM