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Loomacres Biologists to Share Wildlife Management Know-How
Feb 01st, 2012

WARNERVILLE, N.Y., Feb. 1, 2012 – Later this month, Oklahoma airport managers and industry leaders will have the opportunity to learn the latest techniques to manage wildlife such as waterfowl, hawks, coyotes and blackbirds at their airfields. Two expert wildlife biologists from Loomacres Wildlife Management will lead a special session at the first-time joint conference of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission (OAC) and the Oklahoma Airport Operators Association (OAOA), which will take place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Feb. 26-29, 2012.

The 2012 Partnership Conference will cover the latest trends, issues and forecasts for the airport industry. About 250 airport managers, industry leaders and officials from the FAA, OAC and OAOA will participate in the conference, which has the theme of “Building Aviation Through Partnerships.”

Loomacres’ Cody Baciuska and Kristin Baciuska will present the wildlife management session on Feb. 27 at 11 a.m. and will focus on an integrated approach to successfully manage wildlife at airports. This includes the removal of wildlife attractants such as particular plants and turf, maintaining certain grass heights to deter birds and using deterrents such as pyrotechnics. “All airports face different wildlife hazard issues, and airport managers must tailor their grass and wildlife management strategies to best suit the conditions at their airports,” Cody Baciuska explains.

Loomacres Wildlife Management conducts its own research on wildlife hazard mitigation at airports and also sponsors research projects at educational institutions. “Loomacres continually does research to find new and innovative practices and tools to manage wildlife hazards at airports,” Kristin Baciuska says. “The goal is to increase aviation safety and reduce bird and wildlife strikes.”

Cody Baciuska was the first private-sector biologist qualified by the FAA to perform wildlife hazard management services at airports. He has conducted Wildlife Hazard Assessments, developed Wildlife Hazard Management Plans and conducted numerous airport-related research studies across the country.

Kristin Baciuska has been with Loomacres since it was established in 2005. She has a master of science degree in biology and completed an FAA-funded research project titled “Native and Naturalized Grasses Suitable for Use on Airports Managed for Wildlife.”

Loomacres Wildlife Management (www.airportwildlife.com) has long worked to reduce bird strikes at airports using strategies such as the removal of wildlife attractants and the use of deterrents such as pyrotechnics. Loomacres also educates airport employees about ways to reduce wildlife hazards, part of which involves learning to identify different wildlife species.

For more information on the 2012 Partnership Conference, go to www.okairports.com.

For more information on Looomacres’ work to manage wildlife at airports, contact Cody Baciuska, wildlife biologist, at cody@loomacres.com, or 607-760-8748