Effectively manage airport wildlife hazards

December 2015

Wildlife hazard management feature

At Owen Roberts International Airport on Grand Cayman Island, airport staff strive to keep wildlife off flight paths. With hundreds of lizards that rest on the tarmac and thousands of crabs that cross the runway each year, staff awareness of the complex ecosystem surrounding Owen Roberts International Airport is key to preventing wildlife hazards.

Grand Cayman’s airport officials are working with students and professors from St. Matthew's University to change the airport’s habitat by improving animal control on the island in general.
Professor Brendan Lee from St. Matthew’s School of Veterinary Science highlights the complexities of airport wildlife hazard management. “It’s an entire ecosystem,” he told news source Cayman Compass. “You can’t remove one animal without impacting other plants and animals in the area.”

Though wildlife studies are costly for airports, tracking and analysing the behaviours of animals in an airport’s ecosystem is crucial for an up-to-date wildlife management plan.

Solutions to airports’ animal challenges are always evolving but managing overgrowth, fencing the runway effectively and making use of canines to chase away birds are good preventative measures.

Read more about the airport’s wildlife management research on Grand Cayman Island here.

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Airport professional development

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Wildlife Hazard Management graduates are able to:
- explain the major elements of an airport’s wildlife hazard management plan;
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Duration: 2 hours

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