Call for Presentation Proposals

Submission deadline EXTENDED!: Friday, JuLY 9, 2021

The 2021 Bird Strike Committee − USA Annual Meeting will be held virtually August 16, 17 and 19, 2021. The theme for this exciting event is “Aviation, Wildlife Hazards Management and COVID-Impacts, Outcomes, Futures”.  We intend to have a series of presentations that cover the local, national and international connection and consequences between wildlife hazards and aviation.  The theme provides a focus on not only the commonality of wildlife hazard mitigation but the importance that relationships/partnerships have on the success of attaining a level of safety acceptable to all within the aviation/wildlife arena.  The program will be comprised of invited and solicited presentations, panel discussions, and poster presentations.  Although submission of presentation proposals on any wildlife-aviation topic are welcomed, presentations related to the following areas are strongly encouraged for this year’s meeting:

Risk management
New techniques and methodologies for wildlife strike reduction
Airports and their aviation wildlife problems, experiences, and challenges
Training issues 
Outreach and communication within and among entities (e.g., airports, airlines, pilots, regulators, environmental groups, etc.)
Presentations that speak directly to the conference theme

Presenters must abide by the BSC−USA non-commercial policy, the BSC−USA presentation selection policy, and the BSC−USA audio-visual recording policy (click to view the policies). Presenters may distribute copies of their presentation at the conference if they desire.  


Presenters should submit their presentation proposal using the online process.  Deadline for submission is Friday, July 9, 2021.  Proposal received after this date may not be considered.  Presenters will be notified regarding acceptance by July 9, 2021.  Use the following example (see next page) for formatting your presentation proposal.  Include contact information for the lead presenter.

Example Proposal (Use for proper formatting):


John E. Ostrom, Metropolitan Airports Commission, Minneapolis−St. Paul International Airport, 4300 Glumack Drive, Suite 3000, St. Paul, MN  55111 USA; Phone: (888) 867-5309; Email:

Michael J. Begier, USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services, 1400 Independence Ave SW, Room 1621 South Agriculture Building, Washington, DC  20250–3402 USA

Explosive Pest Control Devices (EPCDs) are regulated explosives that fall under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  EPCDs, or more commonly referred to as “pyrotechnics”, have been used for many years by airport and wildlife personnel to harass birds away from aircraft movement areas in order to reduce aircraft/wildlife collisions.  Although a fairly common tool in wildlife management programs, the use of pyrotechnics requires a thorough understanding of the key issues prior to their use.  Recent decisions by the ATF that regulate the use of pyrotechnics are critically important to airports and the aviation industry.  Factors to address before integrating pyrotechnics into an airport’s wildlife hazard management plan include:  (1) regulations, (2) licensing/permitting requirements, (3) storage, records, and reporting requirements, (4) transportation requirements, (5) types of devices and launchers, (6) effective use on different wildlife species, (7) safety, and (8) training.

Proposals must be submitted online.

Preparing the Proposal:
A good proposal should briefly tell: (1) what problem you studied or addressed, and why; (2) how you did the investigation; (3) what you found out; and (4) what your results mean.  Focus on the most important findings, positive or negative.  Try and be quantitative and descriptive (e.g., body densities averaged 11-29% higher for starlings than for 3 species of gulls) as opposed to indicative (e.g., gulls and starlings had different body densities).  When considering your presentation, remember, there are two primary reasons for a presentation, one is to inform and the other is to persuade.  Make the title descriptive of the main topic but concise (<15 words).  Limit the proposal to < 300 words.

Jim Laughlin, Bird Strike Committee USA Meeting Program Chair
Phone: (530) 434-9410

John Ostrom, Bird Strike Committee USA Meeting Program Vice-Chair