L.R. Kimball is currently conducting wildlife hazard assessments on two (2) airports, which include monthly surveys, as well as quarterly surveys. The monthly surveys consist of time counts and runway crossing counts at established observation points within the Aircraft Operations Area (AOA) to document wildlife activity on-site, as well as time counts of wildlife activity at established observation points that are outside of the AOA but within the regular flight paths of the airports. In addition, supplemental monthly data is provided through incidental wildlife observations, wildlife camera deployments, operations staff observations, etc.
Quarterly surveys are utilized to further document wildlife usage and potential wildlife attractants. Small mammal trapping assists in identifying the presence and abundance of small mammal species within the AOA, which could attract larger predator species. Nighttime spotlight surveys of the AOA are utilized to identify the presence, movement, and entrance/egress points of nocturnal species. In addition, potential wildlife attractants (i.e. parks, golf courses, waterways, Important Bird Areas, water treatment facilities, etc.) are examined within two (2) miles of the AOA through a preliminary desktop review, then individually through an on-the-ground assessment of the existing conditions, interviews with staff, etc. Lastly, a review of the perimeter fencing of the AOA is investigated for any potential issues that may allow wildlife to gain access to the AOA.
Upon completion of the year-long wildlife hazard assessment, a report will be prepared to summarize the observations from the monthly and quarterly surveys, as well as provide wildlife and wildlife attractant management recommendations for the operations staff to improve the operational safety of aircraft within the AOA.