Call for Abstracts and Posters

Submission deadline: Friday, May 24, 2019

The 2019 North American Bird Strike Conference will be held August 12-15, 2019 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. We cordially invite speakers to prepare and present papers on wildlife hazards to aviation. The program will be comprised of presentations, panel discussions, workshops and poster presentations. Submission of abstracts on any wildlife-aviation topic are welcomed.

Abstracts of all accepted presentations will be printed in the program. Presenters must abide by the conference non-commercial policy, the conference presentation selection policy, and the conference audio-visual recording policy (click to view the policies). Conference delegates wishing to present must submit an abstract in advance (see below) for review by the conference selection committee. If accepted, you will be invited to present your paper at the conference. We strongly encourage presenters to prepare a written manuscript of your presentation which will be published online. We find that abstracts and slide presentations alone do not capture the valuable information presented at conferences and wish to return to published papers, but on a voluntary basis.


Authors/presenters should submit their abstract using the online process. The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 24, 2019. Titles received after this date may not be considered. Authors will be notified regarding acceptance. Use the following example for formatting your abstract. Please include contact information for the lead author/presenter.

Example Abstract (Use for proper formatting):


John E. Ostrom, Metropolitan Airports Commission, Minneapolis−St. Paul International Airport, 4300 Glumack Drive, Suite 3000, St. Paul, MN  55111 USA; Phone: (888) 867-5309; Email:

Michael J. Begier, USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services, 1400 Independence Ave SW, Room 1621 South Agriculture Building, Washington, DC  20250–3402 USA

Explosive Pest Control Devices (EPCDs) are regulated explosives that fall under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  EPCDs, or more commonly referred to as “pyrotechnics”, have been used for many years by airport and wildlife personnel to harass birds away from aircraft movement areas in order to reduce aircraft/wildlife collisions.  Although a fairly common tool in wildlife management programs, the use of pyrotechnics requires a thorough understanding of the key issues prior to their use.  Recent decisions by the ATF that regulate the use of pyrotechnics are critically important to airports and the aviation industry.  Factors to address before integrating pyrotechnics into an airport’s wildlife hazard management plan include:  (1) regulations, (2) licensing/permitting requirements, (3) storage, records, and reporting requirements, (4) transportation requirements, (5) types of devices and launchers, (6) effective use on different wildlife species, (7) safety, and (8) training.

Abstracts must be submitted online.

Preparing the abstract:
A good abstract should briefly tell: (1) what problem you studied or addressed, and why; (2) how you did the investigation; (3) what you found out; and (4) what your results mean. Focus on the most important findings, positive or negative. Try and be quantitative and descriptive (e.g., body densities averaged 11-29% higher for starlings than for 3 species of gulls) as opposed to indicative (e.g., gulls and starlings had different body densities). When considering your presentation, remember, there are two primary reasons for a presentation, one is to inform and the other is to persuade. Make the title descriptive of the main topic but concise. 

Gary F. Searing
Executive Director, Bird Strike Association of Canada


Gary Searing
Executive Director, Birdstrike Committee Canada