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Approaches to Managing Wildlife Hazards at Airports. Christopher Boggs, Airport Biologist USDA, APHIS, Wildlife Services Hershey Airport Conference March 5, 2009. The Many Hats. Resource-dependent Smaller airports are generalists Larger airports are specialists. Recurrent Training

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Approaches to Managing Wildlife Hazards at Airports

Christopher Boggs, Airport Biologist

USDA, APHIS, Wildlife Services

Hershey Airport Conference

March 5, 2009


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The Many Hats


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Resource-dependent

Smaller airports are generalists

Larger airports are specialists


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Recurrent Training

Data Collection and Management

Investigative Curiosity

Species Identification

Wildlife Hazard Management Needs


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Specialized Tools

Regulated Tools

Motivation and Common Sense

Not Hunting Experience

Wildlife Hazard Management Needs


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Three Approaches:

In-house

Biologist-assisted

Biologist on staff


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PROS

No new staff

Quick decisions

Time to respond

Established relationships

Favors non-lethal

CONS

Collateral duty

Requires specialized trainings

Shared responsibility

Risk can be greater

True costs?

Monitoring not routine

Not centralized

Data analysis nonexistent

Favors non-lethal

In-house Program


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PROS

Good allocation of resources

Science-based

Routine monitoring

Direct management

WHMP review & update

Routine reporting

CONS

Limited emergency response

Territory

Outsider

Additional cost

Biologist-assisted Program


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PROS

Complex situations

Integrated program

Regular training

Routine monitoring

Review of plans

Data collection & analysis

WHMP review & update

Improved strike reporting

PROS (continued)

Emergency response

Off site liaison

Direct management

Due diligence

Routine reporting

CONS

Cost is greatest

Biologist on Staff


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Federal agencies

State agencies

Private companies

FAA/USDA WHM Airports Manual

http://wildlife-mitigation.tc.faa.gov

Resources


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