The Bird Strike Committee USA and the American Association of Airport Executives have teamed up again to offer the 2012 Bird Strike Committee USA Meeting themed Beyond the Fence-Operations and Off Airport Hazards. Hosted by Memphis International Airport, this year's meeting will be in a great location to bring together wildlife experts and airport officials from across the U.S., Canada and abroad. Each year wildlife personnel face the problem of how to best manage birds and other wildlife while balancing environmental concerns with the safety of airport patrons. This is a great opportunity to learn not only what options are available in wildlife management, but also what others in the industry are doing to manage the same dilemma.
Who Should Attend?
This meeting will be of particular interest to military and civilian personnel responsible for airfield operations, wildlife and wetland resource managers, land-use planners, FAA inspectors, university researchers,engineers, pilots, aviation representatives, waste management operators and anyone interested in mitigating bird strikes.
The meeting kicks off with a special "Early Bird" hands-on training session (class seating may be limited) that will provide the required annual wildlife hazards awareness training as discussed in FAA AC 5200-36a. The general program includes papers, posters, and demonstrations on wildlife control techniques, new technologies, land-use issues (landfill/wetlands), engineering standards, wildlife strike statistics, interagency coordination, and habitat management. From 1-5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15, there will be a field trip to Memphis International Airport to examine wildlife issues. To submit an abstract for a technical presentation, visit www.birdstrike.org. (deadline April 16, 2012)
All sessions and receptions will be held at the Memphis Convention Center. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. (registration opens at 12 p.m.) on Monday, August 13, and will end at 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 16. The welcome reception with the exhibitors will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on Monday, August 13, and a reception with the exhibitors will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15. Dress for this meeting is business casual. Confirmation of your registration will be e-mailed.