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Agenda

Subject to Change

 

Monday, August 8
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  Bird Strike Committee USA Steering Committee Meeting
     
12 - 5 p.m.   Registration
     
1 -5 p.m.   Early Bird Hands-On Training
(Requires separate registration)
    The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is one of the cornerstone pieces of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. The MBTA sets the stage for how airports and other agencies at the state and federal level address and manage bird populations that may pose a threat to aviation. Suitable for airport wildlife biologists and airport personnel alike, participants will learn about the MBTA and how it is critical to bird conservation efforts but also how it can be used properly to navigate wildlife management issues at airports.
     
Tuesday, August 9
 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.   Registration
     
7 - 8 a.m.
  Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
     
 8 - 8:45 a.m.   Opening Remarks
    Mike Begier
Chair
Bird Strike Committee–USA
     
    Jonathan Leach
Chief Operating Officer 
Chicago Department of Aviation
 
8:45 - 9:30 a.m.   Keynote Address
    Tom Zoeller
Managing Director
National Transportation Safety Board
     
9:30 - 10 a.m.   “Passing of the Gavel”
    Mike Begier
Past Chair
Bird Strike Committee–USA
     
    Sarah Brammell
Chair
Bird Strike Committee–USA
     
10 - 10:30 a.m.
  Refreshment Break with Exhibitors
     
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  Technical Session I
     
    Moderator: 
Laura Francoeur, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
     
    10:30: FAA Regulatory Update
John Weller
     
    11:00: Proposed Classification of Risk Level for Strikes Reported to the National Wildlife Strike Database
Richard Dolbeer
     
    11:30: Integrating Wildlife Hazard Management into Airport Safety Management Systems
Russ DeFusco
     
12 - 1 p.m.
  Lunch with Exhibitors
     
1 - 2:30 p.m.
  Technical Session II
     
    Moderator: 
Scott Beckerman, USDA Wildlife Services
     
    1:00: A Risk Index for Wildlife Strikes at Airports
Phil Shaw
     
    1:30: Illustrating the Use of Avian Radar for Off-Airport Bird Hazard Alerting: A Case Study
Tim Nohara
     
    2:00: Wildlife Surveillance Concept (WiSC) Overview
Mark Hale
     
2:30 - 3:00 p.m.
  Refreshment Break with Exhibitors
     
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  Technical Session III
     
    Moderator: 
Ron Merritt, DeTect, Inc.
     
    3:00: DOD Panel
   
    Panelists: 
   
  • U.S. Air Force: Dan Sullivan
  • U.S. Air National Guard: Lt. Colonel Craig Babbitt
  • U.S. Navy: Jay Higgins
     
    4:00: Vendor Presentations
     
5:15 - 6:30 p.m.
  Welcome Reception with Exhibitors and
Poster Session

    Sponsored by Chicago Department of Aviation
   
    Moderator:
    Sarah Brammell, Bird Strike Committee–USA 
     
    Poster Presentations
    (P1)  Striking Back with Botany: Identification of Plants Attracting Pigeons and Doves to DFW International Airport
Amanda K. Neill
     
    (P2)  Game Cameras. Tools or Toys? Or both! 
Cathy Boyles
     
    (P3)  SNARGE Identification 
Faridah Dahlan
     
    (P4)  Behind the Feather Lab Curtain: An Overview of the Identification Process
Marcy Heacker
     
    (P5)  UAS Operations and Airport Wildlife Management 
Josh Paurus
     
Wednesday, August 10
7 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  Registration
     
 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.   Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
     
 8:30 - 10 a.m.   Concurrent Session I
     
    Moderators: 
Gary Searing, Airport Wildlife Management International
Lowell Wright, Dane County Regional Airport
     
    8:30: 
  • One Size Fits All Bash – A Contractors Eye View of the Practical Application of US BASH Standards In Non-Conus Locations
    Alan Marenghi
  • Experience Does Not Enhance Avian Avoidance of Vehicles
    Travis DeVault

     
    9:00:
  • Urban Takeover: Canada Geese Shifting from City Parks to Industrial Rooftops Near Midway International Airport
    Brett Dorak
  • The Pigeon and the Pea: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You
    Cathy Boyles

     
    9:30:
  • Seeing the Light: A New Aircraft-Based, Non-Lethal Wildlife Deterrence Device
    Donald Ronning
  • Open Session

     
 10 - 10:30 a.m.   Refreshment Break with Exhibitors
     
 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.   Concurrent Session II
     
    Moderators:
Lisa Harmon, Mead & Hunt, Inc.
James Whatton, Smithsonian Institute
     
    10:30:
  • Naval Air Station Kingsville (NASK) A Concept Reconstruction: a Cultural Change
    Eddie Earwood
  • Bird Strike Risk Assessment and Risk Advisories Using Avian Radar
    Jared Quillen

     
    11:00:
  • Bird Use of Grain Fields and Implications for Habitat Management at Airports
    Raymond B. Iglay
  • Trap and Translocation Of Red-Tailed Hawks At O’Hare International Airport – Why Do Some Birds Return?
    Craig Pullins

     
11:30 - 11:45 a.m.    Bus Loading for Field Trip to Airport
     
 11:45 - 3:30 p.m.   Field trip to O’Hare International Airport
with exhibitor demonstrations (box lunch
provided)

     
5 - 7 p.m.   DoD Breakout Sessions for U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force
     
7 - 9 p.m.   Evening Workshop: Mandatory vs. Voluntary Strike Reporting: The Industry, The FAA and the Regulatory Process (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly)
    The FAA and BSC USA will detail the latest facts concerning you and your strike reporting responsibilities. Discussion will include the regulatory process to mandate strike reporting, the challenges, benefits and reality between voluntary and mandatory reporting systems.  The focus of the session will be to gather attendee opinions and thoughts concerning this pervasive topic. A facilitated format will be used for all attendees to participate.  The BSC Operations and Policy Committee will document main issues discussed during the session and consider this information when finalizing their Position Paper.

**This session is being sponsored by the BSC Operations and Policy Committee.  A draft Position Paper on the topic will be prepared for the BSC Steering Committee to review and determine if the Committee would like to take a formal position on this topic.
     
Thursday, August 11
     
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.    Registration
     
7 - 8 a.m.   U.S. Navy Meeting (By Invitation Only)
     
8 - 8:30 a.m.    Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
     
 8:30 - 10 a.m.   Technical Session IV
     
    Moderator: 
Eugene LeBoeuf, BSC USA Emeritus
     
    8:30: Identification of Multiple Species Following a Single Incident Wildlife Strike
John Weller
     
    9:00: Advantages of Documenting Multiple Impact Bird Strikes to US Air Force Aircraft
Carla Dove
     
    9:30: Human-In-The-Loop Investigation of Avian Threat Information Displays for Air Traffic Controllers
Mark Hale
     
10 - 10:30 a.m.    Refreshment Break with Exhibitors
     
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.   Technical Session V
     
    Moderator:
Chris Pollock, Port Columbus International Airport
     
    10:30: Safety Culture
Tom Zoeller
     
    11:00: United Airlines Current Application of Safety Management Systems Panel 
     
    Panelists:
   
  • David Lilja
  • John Kim
  • Bill Salo
  • John Woodring
     
12 - 1 p.m.   Box Lunch with Exhibitors
     
1 - 2:30 p.m.   Technical Session VI
     
    Moderator: 
John Ostrom, BSC USA Conference Committee Chair
     
    1:00: Exploiting Science: Enhancing Pilots’ Safety Training To Reduce the Risk of Bird Strikes
Flavio Mendonca
     
    1:30: Threatened and Endangered Species at Airports: Regulatory Conflict and Your Options
John Weller
     
    2:00: Latin America Outreach Programs: CARSAMPAF's Efforts to Unify and Educate the Region
Nick Carter
     
2:30 - 2:45 p.m.   Closing Remarks/Awards
    Sarah Brammell
Chair
Bird Strike Committee–USA
     
2:45 - 3:30 p.m.   BSC-USA General Open Meeting

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