Accession Number : ADP004191

Title :   Cattle Egret Hazard Assessment,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE ENGINEERING AND SERVICES CENTER TYNDALL AFB FL

Personal Author(s) : Will,T. J.

Report Date : 25 MAY 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 9

Abstract : Cattle Egrets (Bubuluc ibis) have become established in the U.S. as a well-known species since their immigration from South America in the early 1950's. They have shown themselves to be well-adapted to new environments, and have expanded into most parts of North America. The Air Force has recorded several bird/aircraft strikes with Cattle Egrets, resulting in thousands of dollars in damage and aircraft down time. Behavoral aspects of the birds such as reproduction and feeding, combined with large populations, make Cattle Egrets a particularly bad problem in some areas. One particular Air Force location required extensive measures be taken in order to eliminate a roost site adjacent to an active airfield runway. These methods could provide some insight into dealing effectively with Cattle Egrets near airports. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Bird strikes, *Birds, Population, Hazards, Threats, Migration, North America, Air Force facilities, Case studies, Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE