October 2016 Newsletter is Online
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October Events and Field Trips Are Online
Visit our website to see what’s coming up this month. (Upcoming events are listed on the home page as well as on the Calendar.)
Mark Your Calendar: Holiday Potluck
Our annual holiday potluck will be on Monday, December 12, from 6-9pm at the YWCA Ballroom. Stay tuned for more details.
General Membership Meeting with Gary Searing
This month’s exciting membership meeting! Mark your calendar. See below for date, time, and location.
Raptor Management at the Vancouver International Airport. Raptors, including eagles, hawks and falcons comprise a significant portion of the biomass of bird strikes at the Vancouver International Airport. With the exception of eagles, there are no harassment methods for raptors that are effective to prevent strikes. At Vancouver International Airport many species of raptors are tagged and transported with varying degrees of success, but overall, strikes have been significantly reduced with those species that were caught in significant numbers. The wildlife management program at Vancouver International Airport is recognized as one of the best in Canada and in the world. Situated in the Fraser River Delta, home to millions of wintering birds, managing wildlife in the middle of a wetland of international significance requires a management program that blends conservation with safety. Through research and monitoring of populations an ecological perspective to airport wildlife management is taken, making success more likely with conservation being the unlikely but welcome companion to the airport’s wildlife control program.
Gary Searing, M.Sc., Wildlife Hazard to Aircraft Specialist, is a wildlife biologist with specialized expertise in the monitoring and control of birds at airports. He has been involved in the assessment, planning, monitoring and management of birds associated with Vancouver International Airport since 1989. He has completed wildlife management plans, risk assessments and trained more than 150 personnel in wildlife management and control at airports around the world. He is the Executive Director of the Bird Strike Association of Canada and an International Civil Aviation Organization technical consultant in the field of wildlife hazards to aircraft.