Aviation Risk: Understanding Vulture Roost Dynamics
Between 1990 and 2007, vulture collisions with civil aircraft in the United States caused more than nine million dollars in damage. Despite the increasing prevalence of both vulture species, there remain unresolved questions regarding basic aspects of their biology and ecology. We are using wildlife cameras to monitor vulture use of manmade structures, such as cell phone towers for roosting, and collecting pellets from underneath roosts to analyze diet. This knowledge will inform management strategies to reduce risk to military aviation and other affected stakeholders.