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.
- July 23, 2015: Advanced Airport Wildlife Management Training, Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, NY, August 25-27, 2015 (PHP)
Offered by Loomacres Wildlife Management, this 3-day course fulfills the training requirements for airport wildlife biologists conducting wildlife hazard assessments under Part 139 and Advisory Circular 150/5200-36A.
- April 17, 2015: Significant Wildlife Strikes to Civil Aircraft in the United States, 1990 - 2015 (PDF)
Details nearly 600 examples from the FAA Wildlife Strike Database that show the serious impacts that strikes by birds or other wildlife can have on aircraft.
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 Wildlife Strike Reporting, Part 1 (PDF)
Voluntary System 1990-2008
- Trends in Wildlife Strike Reporting, Part 2 (PDF)
Sources of Data in Voluntary System
- Significant Wildlife Strikes to Civil Aircraft in the United States, 1990 - 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)