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Bird Watch Condition Codes

The following terminology is established for rapid communication of bird activity. When communicating, avoid color-coded conditions to eliminate any confusion with color codes used during exercises, contingencies, and emergencies (i.e., disaster preparedness exercises). Also, give bird locations with the condition code:

– Bird Watch Condition SEVERE. Bird activity on or immediately above the active runway or other specific location representing high potential for strikes. Supervisors and aircrews must thoroughly evaluate mission need before conducting operations in areas under condition SEVERE

– Bird Watch Condition MODERATE. Bird activity near the active runway or other specific location representing increased potential for strikes. BWC moderate requires increased vigilance by all agencies and supervisors, and caution by aircrews.

– Bird Watch Condition LOW. Bird activity on and around the airfield representing low potential for strikes.

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