[Tweeters] OCT 25 Tues 7 PM NCAS mtg at Whatcom Museum

Twink Coffman wilber4818 at gmail.com
Mon Oct 24 14:21:03 PDT 2016

General Membership Meeting with Gary Searing
Raptor Management at the Vancouver International Airport

Raptors, including eagles, hawks and falcons comprise a significant portion
of the biomass of bird strikes at the Vancouver International Airport. With
the exception of eagles, there are no harassment methods for raptors that
are effective to prevent strikes. At Vancouver International Airport many
species of raptors are tagged and transported with varying degrees of
success, but overall, strikes have been significantly reduced with those
species that were caught in significant numbers. The wildlife management
program at Vancouver International Airport is recognized as one of the best
in Canada and in the world. Situated in the Fraser River Delta, home to
millions of wintering birds, managing wildlife in the middle of a wetland
of international significance requires a management program that blends
conservation with safety. Through research and monitoring of populations an
ecological perspective to airport wildlife management is taken, making
success more likely with conservation being the unlikely but welcome
companion to the airport’s wildlife control program.

Gary Searing, M.Sc., Wildlife Hazard to Aircraft Specialist, is a wildlife
biologist with specialized expertise in the monitoring and control of birds
at airports. He has been involved in the assessment, planning, monitoring
and management of birds associated with Vancouver International Airport
since 1989. He has completed wildlife management plans, risk assessments
and trained more than 150 personnel in wildlife management and control at
airports around the world. He is the Executive Director of the Bird Strike
Association of Canada and an International Civil Aviation Organization
technical consultant in the field of wildlife hazards to aircraft.

Always on the 4th Tuesday of the month:
October 25th, 7pm at the Whatcom Museum (in the Rotunda Room of the
Old City Hall building) free & open to the public!

happy birding
wilber4818 at gmail.com
Ferndale, WA
in Whatcom County
out on the beach
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