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10/21/11 — Bird-er patrol helps to protect air base's jet fleet

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Bird-er patrol helps to protect air base's jet fleet

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on October 21, 2011 1:46 PM

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Border collies Topsie and Molly wait in a city-owned vehicle before being released into Goldsboro's Constructed Wetlands. While wandering the grounds, the dogs' daily charge is to chase away birds that look to nest there.

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Topsie and Molly patrol the Constructed Wetlands for ducks and geese -- birds that pose the biggest threat both to the nitrogen levels in the city's treated wastewater and the F-15E Strike Eagles that take flight from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

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Goldsboro Public Utilities Director Karen Brashear talks about just why the Constructed Wetlands and storm water retention ponds located near the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base flight line are necessary.

Molly and Topsie bided their time -- allowing a flock of ducks and geese to land, uninterrupted, on one of a handful of ponds located within Goldsboro's Constructed Wetlands. But as soon as the birds came into view, the mother...

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