CANADA GEESE DAMAGE MANAGEMENT
|Canada geese were the cause of the forced landing of the Miracle
on the Hudson Flight in 2009. Photo: USDA
HUMAN SAFETY AGENCIES
The following is a listing of agencies and organizations with interests in specific threats by Canada geese. For additional agencies and organizations with interests in Canada geese issues visit the agencies' link in the right column.
Federal Aviation Administration
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) focuses on recording and evaluating collisions between aircraft and wildlife. They manage the Wildlife Strike Database Center, where every recorded collision that takes place in the United States is reported. They provide general knowledge and facts but their primary focus is managing the database (http://wildlife-mitigation.tc.faa.gov/wildlife/).
Bird Strike Committee
The BSC is a volunteer committee that has existed for about 20 years. The committee is headed by a 10- to 15-person group consisting of 2 to 3 members from each of the FAA, Wildlife Services, Department of Defense, aviation industry/airlines, and airports. This committee meets once a year and discusses the promotion of correct reporting of strikes, enhancing new technologies for reducing wildlife hazards, and promoting professionalism in wildlife agencies (www.birdstrike.org).
Military's BASH Program
|USDA-Wildlife Services agent demonstrates proper use for a cracker
shell to disperse birds from an airport runway. Photo: Stephen M.
The Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) is a military response to wildlife collisions with aircrafts. This organization is present within the Navy and Air Force. They are involved in developing BASH plans for all military airports. They also work in maintaining a bird strike database and are involved in extensive research on how to prevent collisions with military aircraft. The military groups conduct drills with low altitude flights, including takes offs, landings, and touch-and-gos, which are relatively high-risk procedures, especially when flocks of Canada geese are in the area.
Links of Interest
Canada Goose Management Website. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NRES 348
Wildlife Damage Management class, Spring Semester, 2010. Scott Hygnstrom,
Instructor; Stephen Vantassel, Webmaster.
Picture (left) is a Canada goose track. Photo: Stephen M. Vantassel