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Bird Air Strike Hazard (BASH) Program

Air Force Safety Center

The Bird/wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) Team’s goal is the preservation of war fighting capabilities through the reduction of wildlife hazards to aircraft operations. We are the Air Force’s point-of-contact for worldwide on-site and remote technical BASH assistance. We coordinate and develop policy, collect and analyze wildlife strike data through AFSAS, provide the BAM/AHAS for low-level BASH awareness, and coordinate for BASH equipment approval.

DoD Partners in Flight (DoD PIF)

The Department of Defense (DoD) Partners in Flight (PIF) program sustains and enhances the military testing, training, and safety mission through proactive, habitat-based management strategies that maintain healthy landscapes and training lands. DoD PIF representatives assist installation natural resources managers in improving monitoring and inventory, research and management, and education programs involving birds and their habitats. The DoD PIF Strategic Plan identifies actions that support and enhance the military mission while also working to secure bird populations. These actions can be incorporated into installation Integrated Natural Resources Management Plans and Bird/Animal Aircraft Strike Hazard plans. DoD PIF works beyond installation boundaries to facilitate cooperative partnerships, determine the current status of bird populations, and prevent the listing of additional birds as threatened or endangered. DoD PIF provides a scientific basis for maximizing the effectiveness of resource management, enhancing the biological integrity of DoD lands, and ensuring continued use of these lands to fulfill military training requirements.

United States Department of Agriculture – Airport Wildlife Hazards Program

Wildlife Services (WS), a program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, provides Federal leadership and expertise to resolve wildlife conflicts that threaten public health and safety. Increased air traffic, urban sprawl, enhanced noise suppression on aircraft, and more concentrated populations of birds and other wildlife at or near airports contribute to wildlife strikes.