Bird Strike Committee Proceedings


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Presented at 2011 Bird Strike North America Conference, September 12-15, 2011, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.


Copyright 2011 Ortiz, García-Burgos, Colunga & López-Noriega


1. Habitat management

• Fruit and seed removal
• Sanitary carcass burial with caustic lime (inside and outside the airport)
• Empty nest removal
• Gap fill in the jet ways
• Net placement and incorporation of a concrete base on the perimeter fencing

2. Rescue and relocation of wildlife

•The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) does not allow to kill any wildlife
• ASA then requests a permit from SEMARNAT to relocate wildlife

3. Deterrence of wildlife

• Chasing and harassment of animals
• Audio repellents
• Visual repellents

4. Lethal control

• Eggs removal
• Nestlings sacrifice
• Domestic and introduced species sacrifice
• Animals deliver to the anti-rabies center

5. Airport and Government Agencies staff training

• ASA provides constant trainings for airport personnel
•ASA is in constant communication with the Aeronautical and Environmental Authorities
•ASA creates awareness on wildlife hazards even outside airport boundaries

5. Workshops for people


  • In Mexico the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources does not carry-out wildlife hazard management services
  • The high biodiversity and several species protected by Environmental Law impact the wildlife management strategies
  • In Mexico we must take into consideration not only the wildlife but the social and economic conditions
  • Our databases are recent, we need more information in order to be able to perform better analysis
  • The airports with the most abundant hazardous species are those along bird migratory routes. Hence, the wildlife management programs must consider the Migratory Bird Treaty (USA-Canada-Mexico)
  • Based on our experience in these 12 airports the best hazardous wildlife management must consider the use of different control methods simultaneously