Bird Strike Committee USA



International Bird Strike Committees and Wildlife Organizations

Federal Regulations/Guidance

The Federal Aviation Administration provides both regulatory safety standards and guidance for mitigating wildlife hazards that relate to aviation safety.

FAA Advisory Circulars

FAA CertAlerts


Memorandum of Agreement Between the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to Address Aircraft-Wildlife

Research & Publications

Transportation Research Board Airport Cooperative Research Publications (ACRP)
The listed Airport Cooperative Research Publications (ACRP) contain the findings of individual research projects managed by Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) Cooperative Research Programs. More information about TRB and ACRP can be found on their home page, HERE.

Smithsonian Feather & DNA Lab

Identification of species involved in bird/aircraft strikes is an important part of the mitigation of wildlife hazards to aviation. Species identifications provide the baseline data needed to plan habitat management on airfields, allocate resources, build avoidance programs, and have even been used to assist engineers to design windscreens and engines that are more resilient to birdstrike events. 



Reporting every wildlife strike is crucial to the continuing effort of birdstrike prevention. Equally important is to assign an accurate species to each case so the overall data is complete and can be correctly interpreted. Although commercial aviation currently reports about 7,500 strikes per year, many of these cases are not associated with a specific identification of the wildlife involved. Go to the FAA Wildlife resources web page for the hotlinks to these documents listed below:

Accurate data collection is essential to wildlife hazard management programs. Be sure to rely on the Smithsonian Feather and DNA Lab for identifying species involved in strikes via Snarge and feathers collected from aircraft. For identification of wildlife seen during observations, online and printed field guides are a great resource. You might also contact: your state’s natural resources office or website, agricultural extension services, higher education programs, and local birding groups.

The below bird identification sites are recommended by our members for their ease of use. We will add others as we become aware of them. If you know of sites you would like to recommend that are not listed here, please contact us.

Bird Strike Committee USA