Wildlife Management Program
Bird-aircraft collisions are a serious risk to the public’s safety and to airport operations. Under the Canadian Aviation Regulations, WAA has developed and implemented a Wildlife Management Plan for the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport. The purpose of the plan is to incorporate a combination of active and passive mitigation measures in an effort to deter wildlife from landing, foraging, roosting and nesting at the airport. Although management activities are year-round, WAA is very aggressive at implementing the plan during spring and fall migration.
The Wildlife Management Plan was developed by a professional senior wildlife biologist who helped us to identify what are called "bird hazard zones" on and near the airport. Our efforts mainly focus on controlling populations within these zones. There are areas beyond Airport property that WAA does not have jurisdiction over; therefore, WAA is also a member of the Urban Goose Working Group (UGWG) which also includes representatives from the City of Winnipeg, Manitoba Conservation and Environment Canada – Canadian Wildlife Service. Transport Canada sits on the committee as an advisor. The primary objective of the UGWG is to work collaboratively to reduce risks to human health and safety from Canada geese in Winnipeg.
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