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Falcon Environmental Services (FES) offers a variety of training opportunities directly or indirectly related to wildlife management. FES offers training in:

Our courses can be offered at our facilities in St-Lazare, located west of Montreal, at Toronto, or directly at your offices. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions concerning our courses: training@falconenvironmental.com.

On site airport wildlife management training

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AT AIRPORTS

Since December 31, 2006, Canadian Avian Regulations (CARs) requires airport users to provide training to personnel having duties related to wildlife management, at least every five years (CARs, section 302.307). FES offers wildlife management training that includes the content required by the Transport Canada and ICAO regulations.

These courses, offered since 1998, are available for all types of airports (international, regional, military, etc.), and various types of professionals such as firefighters, supervisors, airport managers, wildlife management officers, air traffic controllers, maintenance teams and pilots.

This training specifically focuses on regulation requirements, safe use of wildlife control methods, implementation of Safety Management Systems (SMS), key performance indicators to measure the effectiveness of the wildlife management program in place, and more. Case studies adapted to your airport will be presented. Each participant receives a training manual and certificates will be distributed.

Visit our page on airport wildlife management for more information.

USE OF WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT TOOLS

With its 25 years of experience in wildlife management, FES is able to present several tools used in different contexts where wildlife management is required. FES can assess your needs according to the problematic and resources available, and suggest appropriate tools whether they be trapping, laser, pyrotechnics, falconry, etc. Once the preferred tools have been identified, we will present their appropriate use. FES prioritizes personnel health and safety while using these devices; a large portion of the training is therefore focused on the safe use of the different tools. Training courses for the use of wildlife management tools can contain theoretical and practical sections and are adapted to the reality of your organization.

Wild turkeys traps in action

Pyrotechnic shot in a landfill site

BEST PRACTICES FOR THE USE OF PYROTECHNICS

Pyrotechnical devices are very effective and one of the best control methods according to Transport Canada and FES’ 25 years of field experience. However, most birds quickly habituate to diverse control methods employed and if used incorrectly, pyrotechnics can quickly become ineffective and very expensive. During this course, FES presents the most effective method of using pyrotechnics to maximize their impact. We will also recommend the best cartridges for your situation (proximity to neighbours, timing of control, target species, resources, etc.). Safe use, maintenance and cleaning are topics covered with equal importance during this training. This course can contain theoretical and practical sections, depending on your needs. FES can also be responsible for ordering your pyrotechnical equipment from the supplier.

MITIGATION MEASURES FOR COHABITATION WITH PROBLEMATIC WILDLIFE

Many human interventions will have an impact on fauna whether in urban settings or natural habitats. FES can inform you on your regulatory obligations, their implications and how to comply. Laws such as the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997Endangered Species Act, 2007 and the Species at Risk Act are among the laws that must be considered when your activities can disturb wildlife. Depending on the animal species involved, time of year, type of disturbance anticipated, etc., FES can provide training for managers as well as the employees on the mitigation measures that are advisable to implement when cohabitation problems arise. These cohabitation issues can, not only affect protected species but also species considered a nuisance such as gulls, pigeons or geese.

Canada Geese in an urban park near private residentces

Havahart traps near a groundhog burrow

WILDLIFE DISEASES AND ANIMAL HANDLING

Personnel required to intervene with wildlife can potentially be exposed to diseases transmitted by animals, called zoonoses. FES has developed a course exploring the zoonoses transmitted by birds and mammals, biosecurity regulations to follow, handling methods for the manipulation of wildlife and cleaning procedures for the equipment used for capture. This course is pertinent for anyone working with wildlife.

SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS (SMS) AND AUDITS

The integration of Safety Management Systems (SMS) into wildlife management programs remains a challenge with many managers. This course can help your organization manage the risks related to wildlife, determine objectives, elaborate a planning method and identify performance measures. The key components of SMS should include a safety management plan, documentation management, safety monitoring, training, quality assurance and preparations for emergency intervention. Throughout this training, FES can help build your own SMS adapted to your organization and designed for wildlife.

If SMS are already in place in your organization, FES can audit them to ensure that they comply. Audits performed by FES have no legal effect, but can provide guidance in anticipation of legal audits.

Snowy Owl on an airport manoeuvring area signage