They may look innocent, but birds and other wildlife can pose serious threats to airport safety. To help teach staff how to deal with wildlife hazards, the N.C. Department of Transportation Division of Aviation is offering free training sessions at airports across the state.
The sessions are taught by Federal Aviation Administration-trained wildlife biologists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and will cover topics such as basic wildlife identification, wildlife attractants and habitat management, and safety issues with equipment and procedures.
The sessions are open to all North Carolina airport personnel as well as anyone interested in managing wildlife hazards on or near airports.
The sessions will be held:
• March 22, 2016 – Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)
• April 27, 2016 – Albert J. Ellis Airport (OAJ)
• May 10, 2016 – Concord Regional Airport (JQF)
• June 22, 2016 – Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)
• July 12, 2016 – Statesville Regional Airport (SVH)
• Sept. 6, 2016 – Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (CLT)
• Nov. 17, 2016 – Pitt-Greenville Airport (PGV)
For more information or to register, contact Trevor Michaels, USDA Wildlife Services, at (919) 357-0414 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.