Bird Strike Committee USA

2018 Conference Presentations


8:45 a.m. Keynote Address  
Janet L. Bucknall, Deputy Administrator, USDA Wildlife Services 

9:15 a.m. Keynote Address
Eric Kershner, Branch Chief – Conservation, Permits, and Regulations, USFWS

Moderator:  Mike Begier, USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services

10:30 a.m. TS1 – P1 – FAA Update.  John Weller, Federal Aviation Administration

11 a.m. TS1 – P2 – An Introduction to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s, Urban Wildlife Refuge Program, an Airport Perspective.  Lt. Col. Mark Schmidt, Air Force Safety Center

11:30 TS1 – P3 – Integration of Bird Banding Laboratory and National Wildlife Strike Databases to Enhance Data Quality and Aviation Safety.  Dr. Richard Dolbeer, USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services

Moderator:  Amy Reed, Environmental Resource Solutions, Inc.

1 p.m. TS2 – P4 – Enhanced Bird Threat Information in the Air Traffic Control Tower: WISC Research Update.  Mark Hale, Federal Aviation Administration/CSSI, Inc.

1:30 p.m. TS2 – P5 – Bird Strike Investigation (BSI): Identification Procedures for Special Investigation Cases.  Dr. Carla Dove, Smithsonian Feather Lab

2 p.m. TS2 – P6 – The Raptor Relocation Network – An Innovative Partnership on Bird Strike Reduction.  Christine Kane, Audubon International

Moderator: Dave Moore, Strategic Results, Inc.

3 p.m. TS3 – P7 – Identifying Bird Strikes Using Genetic Analyses: Processing and Collecting ‘Snarge’.  Dr. Sarah Luttrell, Smithsonian Feather Lab

3:30 p.m.  TS3 – P8 – Wildlife Strikes: Investigate or Litigate?  Phil Shaw, Avisure


Moderator: Chris Pollock, ACE, Columbus Regional Airport Authority

9 a.m. CS1A – P9 – Quantification of Wildlife Hazards to Military Fixed-Wing Aircraft and Implications for Airfield.  Dr. Morgan B. Pfeiffer, USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services/National Wildlife Research Center

9:30 a.m.       CS1A – P10 – BASH Mitigation at Buckley AFB Through Atypical Partnership: Finding Common Ground to Support USAF Mission. John Callon, USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services

Moderator: Ernest LeGrande, U.S. Air Force

10:30 a.m. CS2A – P13 – Bird Hazard Mitigation Training for General Aviation Pilots – A Prospective Research Study.  Flavio A.C. Mendonca, Purdue University

11 a.m.  CS2A – P14 – Translocating Raptors from Los Angeles Area Airports: Lessons Learned and Improving for the Future.  Dan Biteman, USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services 

Moderator: 8 – Lowell Wright, Dane County Regional Airport

9 a.m. CS1B – P11 – The Cost of Wildlife-Strikes to Offshore Helicopter Operation and Communication Within and Among Entities: A Case Study.  Carlos Schönhardt, Aeróleo an ERA Group Company 

9:30 a.m. CS1B – P12 – Wildlife Risk Management at Westover Air Reserve Base with State-Listed Threatened and Endangered Bird Species.  David Moore, Strategic Results

Moderator: Jay Higgins, U.S. Navy

10:30 a.m. CS2B – P15 – “Discovering Your Risk: Zoonotic Disease Risk Perception (A Colorado Airport Perspective)”.  Dr. Emily Blizzard, USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services

11 a.m.  CS2B – P16 – Microscopic Variation in Feathers of Birds of Prey.  Charles Coddington, Smithsonian Feather Lab


Moderator: Ben Shertzer, Pittsburgh International Airport 

8:30 a.m. TS4 – P17 – Human Fatalities and Destroyed Aircraft Due to Wildlife Strikes, 1912 to Present – a Military Focus.  Phil Shaw, Avisure

9 a.m. TS4 – P18 – Enhancing Risk Management for Bird Strikes: NEXRAD Biological Target Risk Assessment Alterations.  Don Lewis, 47 FTW U.S. Air Force

9:30 a.m. TS4 – P19 – The Efficacy of Switchgrass Monocultures for Decreasing Breeding Bird Hazards.  Dr. Ray Iglay Mississippi State University, 

Moderator: Ferdinand Mehrlich, Dallas Love Field

10:30 a.m. TS5 – P20 – Comparing Management Programs to Reduce Red-Tailed Hawk-Aircraft Collisions at O’Hare International Airport.  Travis Guerrant, USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services

11 a.m. TS5 – P21 – Mitigating the Risks: An Analysis of Wildlife-Strike Data from Sao Paulo International Airport (SBGR) – 2011-2017.  Dr. Flavio A.C. Mendonca, Purdue University

11:30 a.m. TS5 – P22 – The Use of Avian Radar to Help Mitigate Bird Aircraft Strikes Risk at Istanbul New Airport, Turkey.  Dr. Tim Nohara, Accipiter Radar Corporation

Moderator: Jim Laughlin, USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services

1p.m. TS6 – P23 – Contemporary Issues Affecting Wildlife Management at Airports – A panel of representatives from USFWS, FAA, DOD and USDA will discuss topics germane to wildlife hazard management at airports.

2 p.m. TS6 – P24 – Regional Assessments and Life-History Investigation of Problematic Birds on Military Airfields.  Jacob Jung, U.S. Army Engineer R&D Center

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