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Wildlife Hazard Working Groups for on and off Airport Wildlife Hazard Management Christopher Boggs, Airport Biologist USDA, APHIS, Wildlife Services Hershey.

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1 Wildlife Hazard Working Groups for on and off Airport Wildlife Hazard Management Christopher Boggs, Airport Biologist USDA, APHIS, Wildlife Services Hershey Airport Conference March 3, 2010

2 Wildlife Hazard Working Group Responsibility and Function Meets at Least Annually Conducts Annual Review of the Wildlife Hazard Management Plan (WHMP) Analyzes Collected Data Reviews Management Methods and Activities Recommends Changes WHMP Re-evaluate Group Make Up

3 Wildlife Hazard Working Group Airport Members and Representatives Airport Manager Operations Department Airport Maintenance Department Airport Wildlife Biologist Planning or Engineering Department Air Traffic Control Airport Tenants (FBO, Corporate, Military)

4 Airport Stakeholders Township Planners Landfill or Trash Transfer Station Operators Homeowners Associations Golf Courses

5 Parks and Recreation/Nature Areas Agricultural Boards Malls and Shopping Centers Owners/Managers of Identified Wildlife Attractants Airport Stakeholders

6 Benefits Develops mutual relationship of being “good neighbors” May allow for mutual assistance to resolve problems Routine reporting Increased information for better decision making Fosters a safe airport environment Obstacles Outside property owners/ managers do not have knowledge of wildlife hazard issues Property owners may be close minded to the needs of the airport Requires investment in education and outreach from the airport to obtain participation Airports tend to internalize problems Involving Stakeholders in Wildlife Hazard Management

7 Internal vs. External Types of Groups Internal Only Airport Based Personnel and Departments External Community based Canada Goose Programs Landfill Task Force Community Planning Combination – Involving All Stakeholders

8 Community Based Canada Goose Management Airport Tenant provided funds for a program on multiple properties. City Park: Nest and Egg Treatment, and a Capture/Removal Program

9 Landfill / Transfer Station Airport Airport Tenants Waste Handling Facility – Airport Notification Procedures Advisory / Update ATIS Call regarding bird activity at landfill / Transfer Station - determine correct course of action ATC

10 Community Planning Recommendations to Land Use Planners and Developers

11 Community Outreach Homeowners Associations Municipalities Business Owners

12 Accomplishments Increase communication, cooperation, and coordination among stakeholders Minimize creation of attractive habitat Manage existing habitat to make it less attractive Facilitate changes in development to avoid creation of additional hazards Communicate wildlife damage management issues and solutions to people

13 Resources and Assistance FAA/USDA WHM Airports Manual USDAWS New Jersey

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