Wildlife Management Program
McKinney National Airport Wildlife Management Program
Reducing the Risk of Wildlife Strikes Through Wildlife Management
McKinney National Airport reduces the risk of wildlife strikes though integrated wildlife management programs. These programs include changes to the habitat at and around the airport and ways to disperse or remove the birds and other wildlife that pose a risk to aviation safety.
Geography Plays a Part
The McKinney National Airport is susceptible to seasonal wildlife hazards because of its geographic location and nearby land uses. The airport is located in a mostly rural area and is near several water sources, agricultural land uses, a wildlife sanctuary and a former municipal landfill. In addition, McKinney and the entire State of Texas are located in the Central Flyway, which subjects the airport to the seasonal hazards of migratory birds.
The Wildlife Hazard Management Plan
The McKinney National Airport has received federal grant assistance for capital projects and must comply with federal grant assurances, which include the operation of a safe and serviceable airport that is clear of and protected from any potential hazards. To meet the grant assurances, the airport has implemented a Wildlife Hazard Management Plan (WHMP) to minimize the potential for wildlife hazards.
The WHMP was developed to reduce the threat of potential wildlife hazards to aviation safety through passive controls such as habitat management and active control measures like harassment and depredation. Habitat management and elimination of food sources are the most effective ways to reduce wildlife populations at the airport, but a variety of effective harassment methods and depredation are also needed.
The WHMP is a living document that is reviewed and updated on a continual basis. Airport Operations personnel receive WHMP training annually and are responsible for carrying out the duties outlined in the WHMP. Airport personnel are assisted by Texas Wildlife Services and the USDA and the appropriate permits are obtained. Detailed records of all activities are maintained to identify any potential trends in wildlife activity and evaluate the effectiveness of the plan. These efforts will improve the safety of aircraft operations and minimize the potential impact of wildlife hazards at McKinney National Airport.