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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

Approaches to Managing Wildlife Hazards at Airports

Christopher Boggs, Airport Biologist

USDA, APHIS, Wildlife Services

Hershey Airport Conference

March 5, 2009

slide3

Resource-dependent

Smaller airports are generalists

Larger airports are specialists

wildlife hazard management needs
Recurrent Training

Data Collection and Management

Investigative Curiosity

Species Identification

Wildlife Hazard Management Needs
wildlife hazard management needs5
Specialized Tools

Regulated Tools

Motivation and Common Sense

Not Hunting Experience

Wildlife Hazard Management Needs
slide6

Three Approaches:

In-house

Biologist-assisted

Biologist on staff

in house program
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
biologist assisted program
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
biologist on staff
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
resources
Federal agencies

State agencies

Private companies

FAA/USDA WHM Airports Manual

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

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