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Loomacres to Share Expertise on Airport Wildlife w/ SUNY Students
Sep 19th, 2013

WARNERVILLE, N.Y., September 17, 2013 – During a special session October 24-25,

State University of New York (SUNY) at Cobleskill students enrolled in the Wildlife Damage Management course will have the opportunity to learn about alleviating wildlife hazards at airports from a local wildlife management expert.

The class will cover hazards that birds and other wildlife pose to aviation. On the first day, Cody Baciuska, an FAA-qualified airport wildlife biologist and vice president of Loomacres Wildlife Management, will give a classroom lecture. He will focus on the history of wildlife strikes to U.S. civil aircraft, which cause an estimated $500 million in damage annually. In addition, students will be introduced to a variety of tools and techniques that the aviation industry utilizes to help reduce these hazards.

The following day, Baciuska will take the class to visit Griffiss International Airport in Rome, N.Y., to see firsthand how the airport handles wildlife mitigation.

“As populations of hazardous wildlife continue to grow, airports across the country will continue to seek the help of trained professionals for advice,” Baciuska notes. “It is important for the next generation of airport biologists to have a strong educational background reinforced with hands-on experience.”

Loomacres Wildlife Management ( has long worked to reduce wildlife 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 Loomacres’ work to manage wildlife at airports and training programs offered, contact Cody Baciuska at or 607-760-8748.