Navy Sets New Bird Study At NC Landing Field Site

The Navy is conducting another bird study at a proposed North Carolina site for a practice landing field for jets fighters.

Surveys will be conducted from November through February to track migratory patterns at Hale Lake in Camden County. The Navy wants to build a landing field for F/A-18 Super Hornets to practice carrier takeoffs and landings before deployments. Three sites in southeastern Virginia and two in northeastern North Carolina are under consideration.

Opponents of the landing field are questioning the need for an additional study, saying the Navy has at least two winter's worth of data.

U.S. Fleet Forces Command spokesman Ted Brown said the study provides a more complete picture of the site's environmental impact.

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