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.
- September 9, 2016: Updated Wildlife Hazard Mitigation Program Fact Sheet
- May 25, 2016: Airport Improvement Program Program Guidance Letter (PGL) 16-01: Wildlife Hazard Site Visits and Associated Follow-up Actions (PDF)
- December 3, 2015: Some Significant Wildlife Strikes to Civil Aircraft in the United States, January 1990 - November 2015 (PDF)
Details hundreds of examples from the FAA Wildlife Strike Database that show the serious impacts that strikes by birds or other wildlife can have on aircraft. [TO BE REPLACED]
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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.
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)
- Wildlife Strikes to Civil Aircraft in the United States, 1990 - 2014 (PDF, 2.61 MB)
- Some Significant Wildlife Strikes to Civil Aircraft in the United States, January 1990 - November 2015 (PDF) (Updated 12/3/2015)
U.S. Department of Agriculture / Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service / Wildlife Services.