New Book Highlights Latest Tools and Techniques for Preventing Wildlife Strikes
The crash of Flight 1549 brought about widespread awareness of wildlife–aircraft collisions, which has been welcomed by biologists, airport managers, and other personnel who manage wildlife at airports and who are developing solutions to this problem. As with any technical challenge, we must rely on science. Effective management of wildlife in airport environments, like all types of wildlife damage management, is based on principles from wildlife ecology, physiology, and behavior. By considering how these disciplines interact in the airport context, we can better understand how and why animals respond to various mitigation methods (at both the individual and population levels), learn why and under what conditions some management tools and techniques work better than others, and more intelligently direct our future research and management efforts. To that end, National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) research wildlife biologists Drs. Travis DeVault and Brad Blackwell have teamed-up with Mississippi State University professor Jerrold Belant as editors of a new book on the various tools and techniques used to prevent wildlife collisions with aircraft. Wildlife in Airport Environments: Preventing Animal-Aircraft Collisions through Science-Based Management is the first in the series Wildlife Management and Conservation, published by the John Hopkins University Press in association with The Wildlife Society. The book is organized into three main parts: 1) wildlife management techniques (deterrents, exclusion methods, translocation strategies, and populations management), 2) managing resources (food and water), and 3) wildlife monitoring (animal movements, avian radar, and survey methods).
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