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Airport Wildlife Management Training

Airports subject to Canadian Aviation Regulations must provide wildlife management training to employees assigned to that task, at least every 5 years.

FES provides training in wildlife management that meets the regulatory requirements of Transport Canada and ICAO. These courses have been offered since 1998.

The scope of our training courses responds to all types of airports (international, regional, military, etc.), and various types of professionals such as firemen, supervisors, airport managers, air-traffic controllers, maintenance crews, pilots.


Find more details here : Training Information Document (PDF, 1 MB)

To see our training schedule, please follow these links:

FES's Wildlife Control Officer shooting pyrotechnics on an airport territory

FES's wildlife team patrolling on an airport

Wildlife Management and Control Programs

Numerous challenges are associated with the management of wildlife on an airport. In some cases, the airport may need support from external firms to assist in deploying measures and/or to meet their regulatory obligation.

With an expertise developed in the largest airports of North America, FES can be entrusted with all aspects of airport wildlife management and can support airports of various sizes on an as-needed basis. We employ all effective tools available in the industry, such as falconry, dogs, pyrotechnics, firearms, trapping, distress calls, radar systems, etc.

FES has provided integrated wildlife management programs, to North America’s largest airports, such as Toronto Pearson International Airport, JFK International, and Montreal Airport.


Airport Bird Hazard Risk-Assessment Process (ABRAP)

The preparation of an Airport Bird Hazard Risk Assessment Process is a regulatory obligation for Canada and for airports following ICAO standards.

FES employs Canadian and international standards in our analysis of airport wildlife hazards. Our team has also gone a step further to develop an SMS-based approach to these risk assessments. We developed this method specifically for the needs of the armed forces and it has been adapted for civil aviation use since 2009. Our approach provides the client with an understanding of risk on a quantitative basis; allowing them to make operational decisions that consider the integration of important risk elements associated with wildlife, i.e., aircraft types present, type of birds, habitats present at the airport, seasonality of wildlife, etc.


Flock of geese passing over an airport

Crop near an airport can attract wildlife

Airport Wildlife Management Plans

The keystone of all wildlife management programs in any airport is the establishment of a Wildlife Management Plan. Canadian Airport Regulations and ICAO standards, which apply to the vast majority of airports, require the integration of a Wildlife Management Plan in airport operations.

Since the implementation of these regulations, FES has developed the initial risk analyses and Wildlife Management Plans for several Canadian airports.


Wildlife Management Program Audits

FES shares its expertise with airports of any type (international, regional, military or other) who need wildlife management.

A comprehensive assessment of the existing program ensures that the airport derives the necessary benefits associated with wildlife management while meeting all regulatory requirements and integrating SMS into their operations.


Propeller aircraft taking off in an airport

Training being given

SMS Training and Auditing

Several laws, regulations and standards apply to the management of airport wildlife; refer to CAR 302 and 322 for more details.

As part of its airport services, FES is committed to be compliant with the requirements of Transport Canada. Similarly, it can support an airport manager in providing training on wildlife management and related regulations, and by performing audits on the wildlife management measures in place.

In addition, the Safety Management Systems (SMS) employed at airports may apply to wildlife management; FES can help you implement these SMS in your airport giving you a training adapted to your reality.


Tablet-Based Monitoring Software

See our Software Solutions (click here) for complete details about our various software that allow wildlife data monitoring and intervention entry, spatial wildlife-habitat risk map analysis, SNOWTAM production, and landfill odor and sound monitoring.