The pilot watches the instrument panel and prepares for touchdown—a routine landing until a burst of birds, a coyote, or a herd of deer crosses the runway! Every year, pilots experience this tension and many aircraft come into direct contact with birds and other wildlife, resulting in more than one billion dollars in damage per year. The United States Federal Aviation Administration has recorded a rise in these incidents over the past decade due to more reporting, rebounding wildlife populations, and an increased number of flights. Wildlife in Airport Environments tackles the issue of what to do about wildlife in and around airports—from rural, small-craft airparks to major international airports.
Whether the problem is birds or bats in the flight path or a moose on the runway, these expert contributors provide a thorough overview of the science behind wildlife management at airports. This well-written, carefully documented volume presents a clear synthesis of the research for wildlife managers, airport staff, and other interested nonscientists. The book belongs in the hands of all those charged with minimizing the risks that wildlife poses to air travel.
Wildlife in Airport Environments is the first in the series Wildlife Management and Conservation, published in association with The Wildlife Society.