Template for the Development of an Airport Wildlife Management Plan


9. Summary of Key Wildlife Hazards

The previous steps of the AWMP will have identified most of the wildlife species found in and around the airport environment. Not all of these species are particularly hazardous to airport operations. Some species are more hazardous because they are large; others because they flock, or yet others because they soar at higher altitudes. A few are particularly hazardous because they fit all three of these descriptors (e.g., gulls and geese). Occasionally, an unusual food resource (e.g., an insect hatch) causes birds to concentrate in the airport environment that might not otherwise be considered a hazard (e.g., swallows).

The Wildlife Control Procedures Manual (Transport Canada, 2002) and the resource Sharing the Skies (Transport Canada, 2001b) provides information on the most effective management techniques for hazardous wildlife species in the airport environment.

Figure 3. Locations of Key Hazardous Land Uses

Table 8 provides details of the key wildlife hazards, in no specific order, based on the previous steps in this AWMP.

Table 8. Key Wildlife Hazards at XXX Airport

Species On-site Issue Off-site Issue
Geese (all)



Gulls (all)    
Hawks (buteos)    
Ducks (all)    
Rock Dove    
Eagles (both)    
Sandhill Crane    
Sparrows (all)    
Shorebirds (all)    
Blackbirds/starlings (all)    
Swallows (all)    
Mourning Dove    
Herons (all)    
Turkey Vulture    
Am. Kestrel    
Wild Turkey    
White-tailed Deer/Ungulates    
[Supplement with any relevant additional species]    
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