Achievements of the Bird Strike Association of Canada

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