Wildlife hazards at airports have become a major concern due to the potential for significant damage to aircraft and the threat posed to public health and safety. In North Carolina, WS biologists serve civil airports, Department of Defense airbases, and also provide cooperative services to the State Division of Aviation at all 65 general aviation airports and nine regional airports. WS personnel in North Carolina contributed 11.285 staff years to provide assistance at 23 civil and 7 military airports in FY 2010. In addition, technical training was provided at 13 airports for 194 airport personnel.
In FY 2008, WS personnel in North Carolina completed projects involving survey methodology for assessing wildlife populations at airports and the effects of bio-solids application on airport grassland habitats. The program is collaborating on tests designed to determine the viability of fescue grass types that may reduce wildlife use of grassland areas. WS and National Wildlife Research Center personnel also are collaborating with the U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command and academic and industry leaders on further development of portable radar units to detect and reduce real-time bird hazards at airports.