The mission of USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services is to provide expertise to resolve wildlife conflicts and allow people and wildlife to coexist. During my recent trip to South Florida I toured Homestead Airbase and learned firsthand about an extremely valuable service provided by APHIS-WS that most folks are not familiar with.
The APHIS-WS team provides recommendations on habitat conditions and wildlife management techniques that help reduce wildlife hazards to aviation. As a result, birdstrikes at Homestead have been reduced by over 90%. This valuable service continues to protect the aviators and 26 F-16 Fighter jets housed there. Read more »
Windscreen damage to a training helicopter.
Bringing USDA expertise into a cooperative effort with the U.S. Navy and a telecommunications company recently made flying safer for hundreds of vultures and Navy aviators near Milton, Fla. Read more »
Marie Griffin holds a raptor that will be relocated.
For APHIS Wildlife Services employees Marie Griffin and Steve Baumann, being recognized as “Outstanding Performers” by the U.S. Air Force’s 55th Wing is an honor. But the most rewarding feeling comes at the end of each work day, after none of the aircraft at Nebraska’s Offutt Air Force Base incurs a damaging wildlife strike. Read more »
USDA sponsors many great programs like the “Feds Feed Families” employee food drive, gleaning fruit from research farms, and harvesting vegetables from the People’s Gardens to provide food for the hungry. The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s Wildlife Services (WS) program has taken a unique approach to feeding the hungry. Last year in the Eastern Region, WS donated more than 74 tons of venison to food banks and charitable organizations. WS employees are proud to be able to provide for those in need by utilizing these animals, which are lethally removed at the request of local individuals and agencies.
WS provides assistance when wildlife causes problems. In this case, the venison was collected from white-tailed deer that were taken for safety and protection purposes. The population of deer has grown from one-quarter million nationally in 1900 to more than 17 million today. Some locations request WS to remove deer to prevent wildlife strikes at airports and vehicle-deer collisions. When herds become locally over-abundant, populations also can mean damage to threatened and endangered plant species and to public and private property. Read more »
These male turkeys (toms) lived on a golf course near a New Hampshire airport, and were tracked by wildlife biologists to study their habits and movements. The tom on the right wears a tag and transmitter that helps APHIS Wildlife Services biologists monitor his habits and movements. USDA Photo by D. Bargeron.
USDA wildlife biologists in New Hampshire have been hard at work keeping wild turkeys out of harm’s way. Read more »
Today is World Rabies Day. Scientists, public health professionals, veterinarians, wildlife biologists, and others from around the globe will celebrate World Rabies Day by raising awareness about efforts to rid the world of rabies. Rabies is one of the oldest known diseases, yet it remains a significant wildlife management and public health challenge.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proud to support efforts to eliminate this deadly disease through its Wildlife Services (WS) and Veterinary Services (VS) programs. Read more »