Reducing birdstrike risks at airports by integrated pest management of insects
Problem: Airports are increasingly important, both economically and socially, for the movement of people and goods. A major risk faced by airports is the potential for collisions between aircraft and birds (bird strikes). Bird strikes are dangerous and expensive, with costs including the repair of damaged aircraft and of closed runways delaying flights and leaving planes in the air until they are cleared.
Objective: We will determine whether pest control of insects around airfields can decrease the abundance of foraging birds near runways and reduce the risk of bird strikes.
Expected results: By mapping insect abundance and bird activity at Vancouver International Airport, we will determine which insect species attract birds into areas of the airport that create a high risk for bird strikes. TO BE CONT'D