Achievements of the Bird Strike Association of Canada
Formed in 2009, we are a volunteer professional association guided by a Steering Committee. BSAC significant achievements include:
Co-hosted the North American Bird Strike Conference with BSC-USA in 2010, 2013, and 2017 in the USA and in 2009, 2011, 2015 and 2019 in Canada
Held Canadian conference/Workshops in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018
Initiated the Bruce Mackinnon Memorial award and have presented it to five recipients
Maintain a comprehensive website featuring news, resources and background information
Maintain an electronic library of over 2000 papers
Produced newsletters to keep subscribers informed
Initiated a Facebook page to encourage engagement by the industry
Clarified for our membership the and 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.
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
Initiated a wildlife strike photo data base because the Transport Canada data base does not allow for inclusion of photos – one of the more important parts of the data from strikes. These photos are then linked to the Transport Canada data base by BSAC
Developed a poster encouraging airports to report strikes and providing them with directions on how to do this appropriately. Posters are being distributed to Canadian airports.
Developed a clearer definition of what constitutes a wildlife strike than is present in CARs.
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 identifyied 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