North American Bird Strike Conference Begins in Halifax, Nova Scotia!

August 13, 2019

Members of Bird Strike Committee USA, the Bird Strike Association of Canada, and other Bird Strike Committees from around the world met yesterday in preparation for the 2019 North American Bird Strike Conference. The conference begins today and continues through Thursday, August 15, 2019.

More than 20 members of the Bird Strike USA Steering Committee held a productive meeting, during which three Steering Committee members were recognized for their hard work upon term completion: Johnny Metcalf of the Orlando International Airport (MCO) completed his term as an Airport Representative; Phyllis Miller of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) was recognized for more than 10 years of service as the Committee Secretary; and Steve Osmek of Seattle-Tacoma Airport (SEA-TAC) completed his term as chair of the Operations/Policy Committee. The Committee remains grateful for each member’s hard work and dedicated service!

Johnny Metcalf, Phyllis Miller, and Steve Osmek

Johnny Metcalf, Phyllis Miller, and Steve Osmek were recognized for their contributions to Bird Strike Committee USA

Key Issues

Key issues discussed at the Steering Committee meeting included:

  1. Wildlife Strikes, Version 4.0, which was launched last week. This new version of the FAA Wildlife Strike Database will result in a much shorter turnaround time from reporting to publishing searchable data.
  2. Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5200-33B, “Wildlife Hazard Attractants On and Near Airports” has been revised to reflect comments received, and the revised AC is due out soon.
  3. BSC USA Website Revisions, which will be reorganized to promote easier access and a revised press kit.

Following the Steering Committee meeting, BSC USA committee members participated in a joint lunch meeting with committee members of Bird Strike Association of Canada.

Joint Meeting with International Bird Strike Committees

A joint meeting of Bird Strike North America and International Bird Strike Committees was held during the afternoon. The meeting was led by Gary Searing, Executive Director of Bird Strike Association of Canada, and John Weller, Chairman, Bird Strike Committee USA. The joint meeting provided a great launch into the 2019 conference by including strong presentations describing noteworthy wildlife hazard management programs in Spain, the Netherlands, Denmark, the UK and Poland.

Visit the AAAE Blog tomorrow for more updates from day two of the North American Bird Strike Conference or sign up for updates to be notified when registration for next year's conference opens!