Template for the Development of an Airport Wildlife Management Plan


2. Screening for the Application of the Wildlife Planning and Management Regulation

Not all airports are required to prepare an Airport Wildlife Management Plan. However, the new regulations will apply to any certified site in Canada that meets one of the criteria below.

The following is a list of conditions under which the regulations apply. A checkmark has been applied to the conditions that apply to XXX Airport.

  • Receives commercial passenger-carrying aircraft operating under Subpart 4 or 5 of Part VII of the CARs with more than 2,800 movements (a movement is defined as a takeoff or landing) annually.

    Commercial passenger-carrying aircraft include aeroplanes (multi-engine and turbo-jet powered) certified under Canadian Aviation Regulations to carry more than ten passengers, e.g., regular commercial flights, commuter operations, sightseeing operations.

  • Airport has had an incident where a turbine-powered aircraft collided with wildlife other than a bird and suffered damage, collided with more than one bird or ingested a bird through an engine.

A wildlife strike has occurred when:

  1. A pilot reports a strike;
  2. Maintenance personnel report that aircraft damage is due to a wildlife strike;
  3. Airport personnel report seeing a wildlife strike; and,
  4. Airport personnel find wildlife remains on airside areas within 200 ft of a runway centre line and no other cause of death is identified.

Multiple strikes are any single bird strike incident involving more than one bird.

  • Where the presence of wildlife hazards, including those referred to in section 322.302 of the Airport Standards-Airport Wildlife Planning and Management, has been observed in an airport flight pattern or movement area.

    The list ranks wildlife from most hazardous to least hazardous by species group and as such, identifies the species that should be of primary concern for the operator. The list provided in Standard 322.302 is as follows:
  1. deer;
  2. geese;
  3. gulls;
  4. hawks;
  5. ducks;
  6. coyotes;
  7. owls;
  8. rock doves and pigeons;
  9. bald and golden eagles;
  10. sandhill cranes;
  11. sparrows and snow buntings;
  12. shorebirds;
  13. blackbirds and starlings;
  14. crows and ravens;
  15. swallows;
  16. mourning doves;
  17. herons;
  18. turkey vultures;
  19. American kestrels;
  20. wild turkeys; and
  21. cormorants.
  • Has a waste disposal facility within 15 km of the geometric centre of the airport.

    Included as waste disposal facilities are: landfill sites, garbage dumps, waste transfer and sorting facilities, recycling and composting facilities and commercial fish processing plants.

  • Is located in a built-up area.
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