Biosecurity – how to keep everyone safe from the invisible
Falcon Environmental Inc.
2131 chemin Saint-Louis
Saint-Lazare, Quebec Canada J7T 1Y1
1 (514) 258-6756
Abstract: The recent pandemic of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza that quickly followed COVID-19 has clearly put zoonotic diseases on the map. Managers and employees alike are becoming more and more aware of the risks that are present when handling wildlife and are looking towards measures to protect themselves as well as the animals they handle. Biosecurity measures are key to help prevent disease transmission. By looking at case studies, this presentation will guide the audience through the best practices than can then be adapted to fit different airport realities.
Sarah Gagnon holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in veterinary sciences, with a focus on veterinary public health. As a biologist, she has been working at Falcon Environmental since 2015, starting as an educator and wildlife control officer. Having field work experience, she then joined the science team and now works as project manager, leading various projects. Passionate about birds, particularly birds of prey, she has been conducting behavioral monitoring and avian inventories of protected species, and worked on conservation programs for several years while also being involved in airport research and the creation of wildlife management plans for various airports in Canada.