Collision Course: Leveraging Open Space Conservation and Public Education to Minimize Bald Eagle Aircraft Strikes in St. Paul, Minnesota
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While many of us travel on an airplane day to day, the responsibility that pilots take on from boarding to deboarding is intensely high. Many considerable things could go wrong, and being responsible for many lives puts tremendous pressure upon pilots. Common collisions with wildlife and airplanes have caused many complications. The consideration of airport layouts and their surroundings could help lower the risk of endangering the lives of humans and wildlife. Specifically looking into Bald Eagles at the St. Paul downtown airport, implementing bird habitats around the airport that include human traffic could help control flying and landing patterns of America’s bird while giving more usable space for St. Paul’s citizens. In doing so, yearly collisions between airplanes and the birds may decrease and provide greater safety for humans and birds alike. Understanding the behavior of eagles and how they react to certain types of habitat are important to the design process for this thesis. Implementing hunting grounds and sought after habitat by Bald Eagles in conjunction with the take off and landing patterns of planes attempts to delete the crossing of paths between the two. As a whole, the amount of incidents reported (which are reported as ‘wildlife strikes’) in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area was 115 in 2015, and 126 in 2014 according to the Aviation Safety Network. At the St. Paul Downtown Airport, 5 of those incidents were reported in 2014, and 7 were reported in 2015. Although, the StarTribune newspaper based out of St. Paul, Minnesota wrote that only around 20% of wildlife strikes were actually reported around the United States.