1999-11-22: The crew of ACA126
H, a B767, reported a bird strike upon departure from Runway 12 at Edmonton. Two birds were found during a runway inspection. OPI - Aerodrome Safety UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the Airport Bird and Wildlife Specialist was aware of these strikes and has confirmed the flock as being migratory Snow Buntings. The site has an on-going Wildlife Control Program that reacted quickly to the appearance of the migratory birds. The site update report is provided below. RECOMMENDATIONS: The site is reasonably aware of the time periods that migratory bird activity is anticipated. During the sites annual review of their bird and wildlife program it is recommended that they should review their response readiness for such migratory events and to consider a more active deterent approach prior to the migratory arrival period. This would provide the site with an opportunity to ensure the maintenance of there response readiness and provide an opportunity to shift the focus of the migratory program further towards encouraging the flocks move on elsewhere without stopping. A flock of migrating snow buntings moved into the area of EIA runways on Friday, 22 Oct 99. The bird/wildlife officer used pyrotechnics, and propane bangers to scare the flock away from the operational areas. The ERS and bird/wildlife officer also proceeded to destroy as many of the flock as possible. These activities were coordinated with the Control Tower and Duty Manager. Fortunately the ERS received enhanced bird/wildlife training by TC in 1998 and now have the capabilities of scaring/destroying birds equal to the bird/wildlife officer. Both the ERS and bird/wildlife officer continued the scaring and destroying activities on Saturday/23 Oct 99 and Sunday/24 Oct 99 to ensure the weekend was covered. Normal Bird/Wildlife Officer activities commenced on Monday. As of today, 29 October 99, the large snow bunting flock has deminished in size and majority have also moved off airport. At this time we are back to normal bird sightings and activities.