Initiated a Facebook page to encourage engagement by the industry
Clarified for our membership the implications of Health Canada changes to laser importation regulations
Engaged the University of Guelph Centre for DNA Barcoding to identify animals struck by animals at Canadian airports when remains are not otherwise visually identifiable. Negotiated a reduced price for members of BSAC. Subsequently encouraged Transport Canada to offer this service for free to Canadian airports which they did beginning in 2021. (more info here)
Sent DNA sampling kits to 100 Canadian airports
Assisting the initiation of the Canadian Avian Forensic Morphology Lab at the University of British Columbia
Initiated a photo identification service at no cost to airports to assist in the identification of animals struck by aircraft in which whole remains are present (more info here)
Developed a poster encouraging airports to report strikes and providing them with directions on how to do this appropriately. Posters were distributed to Canadian airports and are available on demand.
Developed a clearer definition of what constitutes a wildlife strike than is present in CARs and posted this definition on this website.
Reviewed Transport Canada’s annual strike report and provided detailed feedback on how the report can be improved.
Presented a White Paper to the Minister of Transport that identified gaps in safety due to regulatory short-falls and provided suggestions for regulatory improvements.
BSAC presents papers and maintains a booth at Canadian conferences such as SWIFT, AMCO, CAQ, etc.
Produced a business card that can be handed out to pilots encouraging them to report strikes and with a handy QR code to access the TC strike form online.
Continuously developing a closer working relationship with birdstrike committees around the world
Incorporated as a not-for-profit and developed a set of operating by-laws to guide us
Wrote a letter to the Minister of Environment & Climate Change Canada outlining the reasons why designating airports as critical habitat for species at risk is not only a bad idea for airports, but also for the species at risk