The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) this week released a new video to help aviators identify the cause of bird strikes. Strikes, Snarge and Safety has been posted on YouTube by USDA's Wildlife Services (WS) Airport Wildlife Hazard Program in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution Museum of Natural History.
"Habitat modifications and dispersal of birds remain the foundations of reducing strike risks at airports," said Bill Clay, WS deputy administrator. "This video will help experts make airfields less attractive to wildlife, reducing hazards to aviation and danger for birds."
The 12-minute video presents step-by-step instructions about how to collect and submit samples, along with a strike report, following a bird-aircraft collision. The video was developed for use by aviation at all levels, including commercial, general and military aviation.
Prior to the forced landing of U.S. Air Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in January 2009, about 20 percent of strikes were reported. Awareness has prompted increased reporting, currently estimated at about 39 percent for commercial aviation but less than 5 percent for general aviation.
Through a balanced effort of research and wildlife management, WS biologists are reducing the risk of wildlife caused damage to U.S. aviation at airports and military airbases in the United States and internationally. The video can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OhJXexmmTg&list=PLF1BE3AC34367E99E&feature=plcp.