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Wildlife in Airport Environments

, 200 pages

53 b&w illus.

October 2013



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Wildlife in Airport Environments

Preventing Animal–Aircraft Collisions through Science-Based Management

2013 NWRC Publication Award, National Wildlife Research Center

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Other books published in association with The Wildlife Society

The pilot watches the instrument panel and prepares for touchdown—a routine landing until a burst of birds, a coyote, or a herd of deer crosses the runway! Every year, pilots experience this tension and many aircraft come into direct contact with birds and other wildlife, resulting in more than one billion dollars in damage annually. The United States Federal Aviation Administration has recorded a rise in these incidents over the past decade due to the combined effects of more reporting, rebounding wildlife populations, and an increased number of flights. Wildlife in Airport Environments tackles the issue of what to do about encounters with wildlife in and around airports—from rural, small-craft airparks to major international hubs.

Whether the problem is birds or bats in the flight path or a moose on the runway, the authors provide a thorough overview of the science behind wildlife management at airports. This well-written, carefully documented volume presents a clear synthesis for researchers, wildlife managers, and airport professionals. The book belongs in the hands of all those charged with minimizing the risks that wildlife pose to air travel.

Wildlife in Airport Environments is the first book in the series Wildlife Management and Conservation and is published in association with The Wildlife Society.

ContributorsMichael L. Avery, U.S. Department of AgricultureJerrold L. Belant, Mississippi State UniversityKristin M. Biondi, Mississippi State UniversityBradley F. Blackwell, U.S. Department of AgricultureJonathon D. Cepek, U.S. Department of AgricultureLarry Clark, U.S. Department of AgricultureTara J. Conkling, Mississippi State UniversityScott R. Craven, University of Wisconsin–MadisonPaul D. Curtis, Cornell UniversityTravis L. DeVault, U.S. Department of AgricultureRichard A. Dolbeer, U.S. Department of AgricultureDavid Felstul, U.S. Department of the InteriorEsteban Fernández-Juricic, Purdue UniversityAlan B. Franklin, U.S. Department of AgricultureSidney A. Gauthreaux Jr., Clemson UniversityMichael Lavelle, U.S. Department of AgricultureJames A. Martin, Mississippi State UniversityRebecca Mihalco, U.S. Department of AgriculturePaige M. Schmidt, U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceThomas W. Seamans, U.S. Department of AgricultureKurt C. VerCauteren, U.S. Department of AgricultureBrian E. Washburn, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Travis L. DeVault is a research wildlife biologist and project leader for the USDA National Wildlife Research Center and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture at Mississippi State University and the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University. Bradley F. Blackwell is a research wildlife biologist for the USDA National Wildlife Research Center, an affiliate assistant professor in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University, and an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at the Ohio State University. Jerrold L. Belant is an associate professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture and the director of the Carnivore Ecology Laboratory and the Center for Resolving Human–Wildlife Conflicts at Mississippi State University.

"The authors did an outstanding job in collecting, analyzing, and organizing current best management practices for aviation wildlife management. I recommend Wildlife in Airport Environments to wildlife professionals and airport managers as the basis for science-based wildlife control programs."

"I believe that the book should be read by airport managers, wildlife damage specialists, and wildlife professionals and students in general."

"If a book like this had been available some years ago when I started my research on wildlife strikes as a human–wildlife conflict issue, it would have saved me a lot of time"

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