Eastern Wildlife Damage Control Conferences

 

Date of this Version

February 1991

Abstract

An avian/airport study was conducted by the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health h Service, Animal Damage Control (ADC) from 9 February 1989-18 March 1990 to evaluate near-tern bird control Standiford Field Airport (SDF), Louisville, Kentucky. Field surveys were performed on SDF and the Outer Loop Lands to gather data on both daily and seasonal trends in bird activity and effectiveness of management efforts employed by operator to control bird activity. Data for high-interest species groups were sorted according to site, time of day, and month. Raptors were present at the airport and landfill throughout the year. Mourning dove (Zenaida macroura) number at the airport and landfill during the summer months. American crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) numbers peaked at b during winter. Spring, summer, and fall crow numbers were consistently low. Blackbird (Icteridae) numbers varied each year, with larger numbers present at both sites during fall and winter. Data on bird occurrence at the airport and landfill to time of day showed few if any obvious trends. This study resulted in recommendations relative to expanding SDF. O. concern was the OLL, the major landfill for a 6-county area, which is located approximately 1.6 km south of the current It was concluded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), based on the ADC study, that the hazard potential for, activities at SDF can be adequately minimized (low levels of bird activity can be effectively achieved by recognized techniques). To ensure that the compatibility of the airport and the nearby landfill will be maintained, a Wildlife Mans Task Force was formed and a Strategic Plan for Wildlife Hazard Management for Standiford Airport was implemented.