It's almost two years since US Airways Flight 1549 achieved its 'miracle' water landing in the Hudson River. In the time since, pilots Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and Jeff Skiles have spoken before innumerable people to recount their experience. But last June, Skiles addressed a group that not only knows a lot about the bird strike hazard, but also has the wherewithal to do something about it. The 12th Annual Joint Meeting of the Bird Strike Committee USA/Canada convened in Salt Lake City in conjunction with the American Association of Airport Executives. They listened as Skiles recounted his experience, and then rolled up their sleeves to continue their work in minimizing the danger from birds around airports. The committee knows the dangers well, and part of the update involves reviewing the consequences of mixing bird and aircraft traffic. For example, the case of Flight 1549 on January 15, 2009 was just one of more than 9,000 wildlife strikes that year — most involving birds. No doubt, the loss of an entire Airbus airliner bumped up the dollar figure for last year, but long-term statistics show an average cost of $600 million per year from bird strike damage. And in 2008, the U.S. Air Force reported more than 5,000 wildlife strikes involving its aircraft.