The Bird Control Smörgåsbord

The Airport Cooperative Research Program has just released a synthesis of the many and varied bird control techniques in use at airports today. Its official title is ACRP Synthesis 23: Bird Harassment, Repellent, and Deterrent Techniques for Use on and Near Airports and its appears to have been no small undertaking.

It covers some background, the effect of bird on aircraft, avian biology and the principles of bird control before launching into specific details on 17 different techniques across 3 basic strategies - deterrents, harassment & exclusion.

The report's menu includes:

Chemical deterrents - 4-AP, Methyl Anthranilate, Antrhaquinone & tactile repellents

Visual deterrents & harassment - effigies, reflectors, lights, lasers, predators and dogs

Auditory harassment - gas exploders, pyros, biosonics & ultrasonics

Excluding facilities - wires & anti-perching devices

I've only read half of this report but I wanted to share it as soon as possible. In addition to each technique's details, the report includes examples "from the field" and an extensive bibliography.

This one is going to take some time to digest!