During the past century, wildlife-aircraft strikes have resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives worldwide, as well as billions of dollars in aircraft damage. The FAA maintains a comprehensive program to address wildlife hazards. Through policy and guidance, research and outreach, we strive to stay ahead of the issue.
- August 24, 2015: Airport Wildlife Management Webinar
The Airport Cooperative Research Program will hold a free webinar on September 9, 2-4 pm ET, for airport managers, operators, planners, and maintenance personnel to discuss tools to mitigate safety risks at airport caused by wildlife populations, including special considerations when dealing with threatened or endangered species. Participants must register in advance. The webinar will focus on two recent ACRP reports, ACRP Report 122: Innovative Airport Responses to Threatened/Endangered Species, and ACRP Report 124: Balancing Airport Storm water and Bird Hazard Management. Continuing education units are available for Accredited Airport Executives and may be available from the American Institute of Certified Planners.
- August 12, 2015: Wildlife Strikes to Civil Aircraft in the United States, 1990 - 2014 (PDF)
This report summarizes data from the National Wildlife Strike Database for the 25-year period 1990 through 2014. This analysis documents the progress being made in reducing damaging strikes for commercial aircraft but also shows the threat from aircraft collisions with wildlife is real and increasing.
- August 4, 2015: Trends in Reporting of Wildlife Strikes With Civil Aircraft and in Identification of Species Struck Under a Primarily Voluntary Reporting System, 1990-2013 (PDF)
Shows wildlife strike reporting for both commercial and general aviation airports continues to increase. Further, strike reports show a decrease in the number of damaging strikes and in the number of damaging strikes within the airport environment.
Summary analysis of data from the National Wildlife Strike Database for the period 1990 through 2013.
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Wildlife Strike Reporting
- FAA's Wildlife Strike Database
Report a strike or explore the available strike data.
- Smithsonian Institution's Feather Lab
Learn how to submit bird remains for identification.
- Fact Sheet: The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Wildlife Hazard Mitigation Program
Wildlife Hazard Management at AirportsA Manual for Airport Personnel
Reports on Wildlife Strikes to Aircraft
- Trends in Reporting of Wildlife Strikes With Civil Aircraft and in Identification of Species Struck Under a Primarily Voluntary Reporting System, 1990-2013 (PDF) (Added 8/4/2015)
- Wildlife Strikes to Civil Aircraft in the United States, 1990 - 2014 (PDF, 2.61 MB) (Added 8/12/2015)
- Some Significant Wildlife Strikes to Civil Aircraft in the United States, January 1990 - March 2015 (PDF) (Updated 4/16/2015)
US Department of Agriculture U.S. Department of Agriculture / Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service / Wildlife Services.
Wildlife Hazard Assessments
- Use of USDA for Wildlife Hazard Assessment Studies (PDF)
- Memorandum of Understanding between the United States Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration and the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services, June 2005 (PDF)
- AIP Eligibility for Wildlife Hazard Assessments (AIP Handbook, Table E-2, Planning Project Requirements) (PDF)
- Long and Short Templates for Wildlife Hazard Assessment Agreements (MS Word)