Jets & Culling of Toronto Waterfront Birds?

Jets are vulnerable to bird strikes and yet Porter wants to introduce jets onto Toronto Island airport – situated near a globally significant bird sanctuary. Will this require stringent “wildlife management” that culls (kills) our birds and wildlife?

In 2009, Porter Airlines’ CEO, Mr. Deluce said “We’re using turboprops … They handle bird strikes better than jets.” (Globe and Mail Jan. 17 2009). Is there no concern that two-engine jets (the kind Porter wants to fly out of Toronto island airport) are susceptible to bird strikes?(Federal Aviation Administration, 2013)

The following is a list of bird cullings at airports around the world. Culling is part of a “wildlife management” technique that kills birds and wildlife to reduce its population around airports. (Information was culminated by the hard work of Rose Bridger)

The first is a video of Auckland Airport’s black swan cull in July 2013, when 750 birds were shot dead from a helicopter.

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2000 endangered gulls to be culled at Warton aerodrome, UK

Airports in the San Francisco Bay area shot 3,000 birds in two years, including 57 red-tailed hawks.

Authorities cull 2,000 Canada geese in public parks in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx

Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam culls greylag geese within a 20km radius, and gassed 10,000 Jun-July this year. 

Worcester Airport in Massachusetts shoots gulls, wild turkeys, swallows, horned larks & snow bunting.

The wildlife strike hazard management at Sea-Tac Airport, Seattle, includes killing 2,000 starlings per year.

After a near-miss bird strike, Marseille Airport shot 38 Little Bustards, an endangered species.

Vancouver Airport reported a record 238 bird strikes last year, and shot 546 birds + 9 coyotes.