The Wildlife Strike Database is a publicly available research
tool that allows anyone to report and investigate wildlife strikes throughout
the U.S. Wildlife strike data is validated by USDA, with the Smithsonian
verifying biological data through feather identification and DNA analysis.
Database supports both strategic planning and tactical prevention. Annually,
the FAA publishes an analysis report on cumulative strike data within the
Database, offering aviation stakeholders accurate, searchable data for specific
wildlife strike analyses and for the creation, development, and monitoring of
airport Wildlife Hazard Management Plans.
to Database utilization, the percent of wildlife strikes which are damaging has
fallen over the years. Since 2010, the percentage of damaging strikes have
decreased while the total number of annual strikes have increased tremendously.
This is largely attributed to stakeholder engagement and outreach.
continually improves the Database to meet stakeholders’ needs. Planned
enhancements include an upgraded user interface and streamlined functionality
to validate and post new strike data more quickly.
Version 4.1.20 of the database
is available live
Technologies for Surveillance and Deterrence provide further means for managing
wildlife hazards. Detection technologies such as radar allow airport operators
to respond to wildlife activity, while acoustical and visual deterrents like
specialized Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), aim to scare wildlife away from
the attractive airport environment.
innovative Control Methods and Techniques are employed across the U.S. to
control wildlife populations in and around airports. Artificial turf, wildlife
tagging, and even K9 units appear in Wildlife Hazard Management Plans to
protect passengers and our ecosystem.
Contact Project Lead Wesley Major