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The threats from the migratory waterfowl are greatest at night , and at dusk and dawn from mid‐October until early December , and from mid‐February until the end of March , at elevations up to 3,500 feet AGL . The hazards associated with the wintering waterfowl are greatest at dusk and dawn ( plus or minus one hour ) from mid‐October until mid‐April , at elevations up to 1,000 feet AGL . Though the seasonal and daily activity levels identify the time frames associated with the greatest risk , the snow geese and tundra swans typically move throughout the day on feeding flights .
The DCR is situated within 60 miles of five National Wildlife Refuges , which comprise more than 300,000 acres and several military airspaces . These refuges and airspaces are identified on Figure 5.21‐4 . The Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge : Pungo Unit which includes Pungo Lake is one of the main wildlife refuges in the area . Due to the nature of the training mission , aircraft utilize low‐level MTRs which enable them to fly at altitudes from 100 ft . to 1.000 ft . AGL . These low‐level routes incur a certain level of risk in regions were large population of birds are known to congregate . Seymour Johnson AFB is in control of eight MTRs , including IR‐012 and VR‐073 which pass directly over the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge : Pungo Unit , and the VR‐084 MTR which passes crosses just north of the refuge . In addition to the MTRs controlled by Seymour Johnson that cross the river , IR‐062 also passes over the Unit , but is under the control of the Navy . The periods of high transient bird populations and the low‐level training routes proximate to the Unit increase the risk for bird strikes which correlate to an increase in risk to public and pilot safety .
Existing Tools
Seymour Johnson AFB Bird / Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard Plan Seymour Johnson ’ s BASH Plan outlines protocols for monitoring and controlling conditions near the installation that serve as attractants to the abundance of birds in the area . The Plan identifies Pungo National Wildlife Refuge as one of the locations where a significant number of wintering
waterfowl is known to occur within areas where operations are conducted .
The Seymour Johnson AFB BASH Plan also provid identification and dissemination of information r area . Local observations of bird activity made on means of quickly communicating the level of risk avian activity . The BASH risk is categorized as lo depending on the real time observations of bird being associated with specific operational proce Supervisor of Flying ( SOF ), Tower Watch Supervi is responsible for declaring the appropriate level warning levels include :
• Low : Normal bird activity would be consid warning to avoid known bird hazards .
• Moderate : Conditions requiring increased supervisors , and extra caution by airmen w moderate . This condition level could be as birds in the airfield environment , small nu birds near runway , or significant bird num ranges that cause an aircraft to alter their incident .
• Severe : High bird populations directly abo another strategic location that represents would be categorized as severe . This level evaluation of planned missions and opera aircrews prior to operating in areas under of small birds or any number of predatory near approach / departure paths would b concentration of birds that causes a flight 4 FW SOF closes a low‐level segment wou
Background Report
The threats from the migratory waterfowl are greatest at night, and at dusk  and dawn from mid‐October until early December, and from mid‐February  until the end of March, at elevations up to 3,500 feet AGL.  The hazards  associated with the wintering waterfowl are greatest at dusk and dawn (plus  or minus one hour) from mid‐October until mid‐April, at elevations up to  1,000 feet AGL.  Though the seasonal and daily activity levels identify the  time frames associated with the greatest risk, the snow geese and tundra  swans typically move throughout the day on feeding flights.   waterfowl is known to occur within areas where FW 4 routine low‐level flight  operations are conducted.  The Seymour Johnson AFB BASH Plan also provides mechanisms for the  identification and dissemination of information regarding bird activity in the  area. Local observations of bird activity made on the airfield are used as a  means of quickly communicating the level of risk associated with the current  avian activity.  The BASH risk is categorized as low, moderate, or severe BWC,  depending on the real time observations of bird activity, with each level  being associated with specific operational procedures for pilots. The  Supervisor of Flying (SOF), Tower Watch Supervisor, or Airfield Management  is responsible for declaring the appropriate level of the BWC. Details of the  warning levels include:  The DCR is situated within 60 miles of five National Wildlife Refuges, which  comprise more than 300,000 acres and several military airspaces.  These  refuges and airspaces are identified on Figure 5.21‐4.  The Pocosin Lakes  National Wildlife Refuge: Pungo Unit which includes Pungo Lake is one of the  main wildlife refuges in the area.  Due to the nature of the training mission,  aircraft utilize low‐level MTRs which enable them to fly at altitudes from  100 ft. to 1.000 ft. AGL.  These low‐level routes incur a certain level of risk in  regions were large population of birds are known to congregate.  Seymour  Johnson AFB is in control of eight MTRs, including IR‐012 and VR‐073 which  pass directly over the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge: Pungo Unit,  and the VR‐084 MTR which passes crosses just north of the refuge.  In  addition to the MTRs controlled by Seymour Johnson that cross the river,  IR‐062 also passes over the Unit, but is under the control of the Navy.  The  periods of high transient bird populations and the low‐level training routes  proximate to the Unit increase the risk for bird strikes which correlate to an  increase in risk to public and pilot safety.  Existing Tools Seymour Johnson AFB Bird / Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard Plan Seymour Johnson’s BASH Plan outlines protocols for monitoring and  controlling conditions near the installation that serve as attractants to the  abundance of birds in the area.  The Plan identifies Pungo National Wildlife  Refuge as one of the locations where a significant number of wintering  Background Report     Low:  Normal bird activity would be considered low, and carries a  warning to avoid known bird hazards.   Moderate: Conditions requiring increased vigilance by all agencies and  supervisors, and extra caution by airmen would be classified as  moderate. This condition level could be associated with flocks of small  birds in the airfield environment, small numbers of predator sized  birds near runway, or significant bird numbers on low‐level routes or  ranges that cause an aircraft to alter their flight path in ܙ\]Y0[Y[ k]\N0Y0\0[][ۜ\XpXݙppX]p[^pܰ[\]YX][۰]0\\[pY0[X[0ܰZp[0p]Yܚ^Y0\]\K\][0\]Z\\pܛY0][X][۰ٰ[Y0Z\[ۜ[0\][ۜp\\\ܜ[0Z\ܙ][ܰ\][[\X\[\\][ \pܛ\ٰX[0\ܰ[p\ٰY]ܞx$^Y0\ۙܙY][X\\X0 \\\p][0pۜY\Y0]\K[pۘ[][۰ٰ\]0]\\pY0XY0X[Y[0]0p0Ѱ\p$][0YY[0[0p\YYY0\]\KYp Kx$