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EVS Researchers Work to Preserve Birds, Aircraft, and Cultural Heritage at a U.S. Air Force Base in South Korea

December 12, 2018

EVS researchers are part of an ongoing project focused on the preservation of protected species at the U.S. Air Force's Kunsan Air Base in Gunsan, South Korea. Annual surveys conducted by staff ecologists have identified several species that are considered endangered or threatened under Korea Environmental Governing Standards, as well as those that are identified as natural monuments, including many bird species that had not been previously reported.

Wildlife traffic on a functional Air Force base increases the risk of wildlife mortality and the interruption of flights. Of particular note is the risk posed by birds that often reside near the runway, increasing the chance of run-ins with aircraft. The purpose of this work is to develop full-time management plans, which delineate species-specific protective measures for at-risk species to reduce their risk of mortality and the interruption of flights.

Read the full article by Greer Russell.

Argonne ecologists at the U.S. Air Force's Kunsan Air Base in South Korea
Argonne ecologists at the U.S. Air Force's Kunsan Air Base in South Korea [Source: Argonne National Laboratory]
Eurasian Hobby, one of several Korean natural monument species
Eurasian Hobby, one of several Korean natural monument species [Source: Argonne National Laboratory]
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