- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - Wildlife experts and aviation industry leaders are scheduled to meet in Atlanta to discuss methods to help prevent bird strikes.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport officials say the airport’s fire training facility is hosting the annual Bird Strike Committee conference Wednesday afternoon.

Organizers say the three-day conference is expected to include more than 200 attendees sharing best practices to prevent collisions between birds and aircrafts.

According to the group’s website, bird strikes cause more than $700 million in damage to U.S. civil and military aircrafts and the collisions put flight crew and passengers at risk.

Committee officials say the conferences are typically composed of practical classroom and field training sessions, presentation of technical papers, exhibits and demonstrations with vendors, and a trip to a local wildlife management area.

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